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Cuban Laurel Thrips (Gynaikothrips ficorum)

Order: Thysanoptera (thi-san-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Phlaeothripidae
Genus: Gynaikothrips
Species: ficorum


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Pico Rivera, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hialeah, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Opa Locka, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Franklin, Louisiana
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 7, 2011, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I remember seeing these things on our gardenia bush as a kid. Had no clue what they were or what they did... NOW I know!

I recently found them on my Moondance Floribunda... remembered seeing them as a child so, I did some research to find out if they were good or evil. Of course thrips are anything BUT good. Noticed some damage to the leaves of my roses (mostly minis) and all of the blooms of my light colored roses (white, yellow, pink, bi-color, etc) were browning in places and aging WAY before their time. I read that chilli thrips can transmit a virus with their bite which can be fatal to roses. [insert panic here]. After a bit of research and of course intense observation of the blooms of my roses, found that the thrips present (there are about 5,000 different species) a... read more


On Apr 8, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Common problem for Ficus microcarpa in Los Angeles... interestingly, I never see Ficus benjamina effected, and they are grown side by side.