Wildlife Journal Junior!
New Hampshire PBS

Home       |       Wild Files       |       N.H. Animals       |       Animals A-Z       |       Watch Online

Thysanoptera - Thrips



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Thysanoptera

thripThere are around 4,500 species in this order and around 700 species in North America. Thrips are small insects, around 1/10 of an inch in length.

In some species, the adults have wings. In species with wings, the wings are thin and have a fringe of long filaments.

Most of the species in this order eat plant tissue and can cause damage to crops.