Exotic Pest Reporting
Chilli Thrips; Yellow Tea Thrips
Chilli Thrips; Yellow Tea Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis ) is an insect pest of flowers fruits and vegetables. It is a native of Asia and was first detected in Florida in 1991.
It is a pest of economic significance with a broad host range, with prominent pest reports on crops including pepper, mango, citrus, strawberry, grapes, cotton, tea, peanuts, blueberry, and roses. Chilli thrips appear to feed preferentially on new growth, and infested plants usually develop characteristic wrinkled leaves, and a distinctive brown scarring along the veins of leaves, the buds of flowers, and the calyx of fruit. Feeding damage can reduce the sale value of crops produced, and in sufficient numbers, kill plants already aggravated by environmental stress.
This insect pest has been identified by USDA-APHIS as a serious threat to US Agriculture and Natural Resources, and surveys have been planned for multiple states.