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Subject: Unknown Holopothrips found in Florida
Date posted: April 01, 2002
Source: FL DOACS/ USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory
In February 2002, three specimens of an unknown Holopothrips (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) species were found on pink trumpet trees (Tabebuia pallida; Bignoniaceae) in Dade County, Florida. The specimens most closely resembled Holopothrips inquilinus, but differed in key morphological characteristics. This insect damages leaves by causing galls, and was subsequently found in Miami on the same host and exhibiting the same behavior. Members of the Holopothrips genus feed on foliage and are native to the neotropics, with only one known member found in Florida (Holopothrips stannardi). Pink trumpet tree is the only host infested in Florida thus far; its native range corresponds to that of Holopothrips, including Central America, northern South America, and the West Indies.