Order Thysanoptera: The Thrips

Thrips are minute, narrow-bodied insects ranging form 1-7mm in length, usually dark in colour, with two pairs of feather-like wings, although some species are wingless. Commonly found in flowers where they suck the juices from cells, whilst others feed on fungi and generally are scavengers. They are commonly called ‘Thunderflies’, for in still, thundery weather thousands take to the air. There are around 179 species in the British Isles.


Unidentified thrip