Currently viewing the category: "Thrips"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Unidentified Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles County
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 12:58 PM EDT
Greetings,
Looking to identify this insect that we’ve been seeing a lot lately here in Los Angeles. Both at the beach as well as inland in yards. Any idea what it is?
Thank you in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin

Thrips

Dear Kevin,
These are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera, and the same word is used to name the insect in both singular and plural situations.  According to BugGuide:  “Thrips can often be found on flowers, they are especially visible on light colored flowers like daisies. Be aware that though they are very tiny, they can give a slightly painful bite.”

Thrips

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: These bugs were all over my children and I…
Location: Florida
May 11, 2017 3:06 pm
We live in Florida, Orlando to be exact and I felt so itchy when my son came home from his fathers house in Leesburg Florida. I noticed tiny orange/brown bugs all over my youngest son and I while near our glass sliding door. I don’t know if thy came with my eldest son and they just multiplied once inside… my partner and I thought they were bed bugs because thy were so itchy once they landed on us. We have looked up countless bugs and been on countless websites. They are so small we had to look st them under a microscope… we ended up throwing out mattress out because that’s where I felt them the most, and since then I have not seen any… but I’m sill confused and want to know exactly what they are so if it happens again I can do something about it sooner. Thank you.
Signature: Kay

Thrips

Dear Kay,
You and your family are being bitten by Thrips (same singular and plural), which are small insects found outdoors as most are plant feeders.  According to BugGuide:  “Thrips can often be found on flowers, they are especially visible on light colored flowers like daisies. Be aware that though they are very tiny, they can give a slightly painful bite.”  The bite is not considered dangerous, just painful.  Here is a BugGuide image of Thrips.  Alas, throwing out the mattress was not necessary, but it is always so wonderful to sleep on a new mattress.

Thrips

Oh my goodness thank you so much, we figured that is what they were after searchig for hours online, we do have a lot of plants in the house and around our bed, so no wondering that’s why I was seeing them mainly there. And oh yes the new mattress was the perfect Mother’s Day gift either way ! (: thank you!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What is this?
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
April 27, 2017 5:43 am
I would really appreciate your help, I was sitting in my vehicle with the doors open and kept feeling little bites i then noticed multiple bugs like this one on my arm. The have wings and can jump/fly. I also noticed them on my white vehicle. Can u help identify them?
Signature: Sarah

Thrips

Dear Sarah,
This looks like a Thrips, which is used for both singular and plural.  According to BugGuide:  “Some are wingless; where present, the wings are narrow with few or no veins and fringed with long hairs. Mouthparts asymmetrical (no right mandible), suitable for piercing and sucking. Antennae relatively short, 4- to 9-segmented; tarsi 1-2-segmented, with 1-2 claws and are bladder-like at the end.” 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: WTB?!
Location: Denver area (larva); east of Phoenix (Thrips & E. acutangulus)
December 12, 2016 10:37 pm
Hello,
I’m trying to positively identify three insects so their Genus species can be part of the file name which will have the Genus species of the flowering plant, too. (You’ll see.)
I’ll include all three images and note that I’m pretty sure I’ve tracked down the fruit fly name, Euarestoides acutangulus, though if you think otherwise, I’m all ears. Or, at least, eyes.
The (I think sawfly) larva is on a pincushion cactus blossom and might be two inches long? This is mid-May along the southern edge of the Denver area (Highland Ranch).
The Thrips is on a Mexican gold poppy, while the fruit fly is on a desert chicory. Both were shot in mid-March, east of Phoenix at about 2,100 feet elevation.
I appreciate your even taking the time to consider these.
Best,
Signature: Mark Bennett

Eschscholzia mexicana Aeolothrips sp. banded thrips Mexican gold poppy

Eschscholzia mexicana
Aeolothrips sp. banded thrips
Mexican gold poppy

Hi Mark,
Thanks for sending the higher resolution files.  We are attaching our cropped version for you to approve.  Based on BugGuide images, we agree that your predatory Thrips is likely in the genus
Aeolothrips.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Help identify this bug
Location: Sacramento
May 2, 2016 8:38 pm
Hello,
I originally thought I had bed bugs due; can’t remember why. I’m pretty sure they came from this terrible library checkout. They were inside !
So I don’t know if they are thrips or not.
Signature: A

Thrips

Thrips

Dear A,
We agree that these look like Thrips.  They are outdoor insects and we don’t know why you are being bothered in bed.

Thrips:  Enlarged and Enhanced

Thrips: Enlarged and Enhanced

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Need Bug Identification.
Location: SouthernCalifornia
April 30, 2016 1:50 pm
Hello, My name is cameron from Southern California. I keep finding these tiny bugs in my backyard that seem to bite sometimes. This is how im able to find these small insects. Otherwise I would not have know they are in my backyard. I usually find them on my arms after watering plants. And sometimes on my shirt if i look closely. I took some macro shots and some videos using the same camera. They seem to jump like fleas, but not quite as far. They also seem to have very small wings with a worm like tail. Attached are some photos of the insect. It is extremely small, i would say it might be the same or a little smaller then a flea. Thanks very much.
Signature: Cameron F.

Thrips

Thrips

Dear Cameron,
This is a Thrips in the order Thysanoptera.  Interestingly Thrips is both a singular or plural for the insect.  You can read more about Thrips on BugGuide where it states:  “Some are wingless; where present, the wings are narrow with few or no veins and fringed with long hairs. Mouthparts asymmetrical (no right mandible), suitable for piercing and sucking”
and “Thrips can often be found on flowers, they are especially visible on light colored flowers like daisies. Be aware that though they are very tiny, they can give a slightly painful bite.”

Thank you very much. Should spraying and 4,500 ladybugs fix this problem? I understand how to place the lady bugs to be most effective. Thank you very much!!

We do not provide extermination advice.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination