Subject: Unidentified Insect
Geographic location of the bug: Los Angeles County
Time: 12:58 PM EDT
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
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.”