Authors: Dr. S. Jandricic (OMAFRA) and A. Summerfield (Vineland).
It turns out thrips and Sarah have something very important in common – they both like to change up their look depending on the season!
Although you (probably) have no trouble recognizing her with a change of hair colour, different colour morphs within certain thrips species can throw growers for a loop when it comes to identification.
Read on for which thrips like to shake it up seasonally, so you don’t get fooled.
This grower-friendly, pictorial key has been developed to make thrips identification easier on-farm. Recently, thrips species other than western flower thrips have become a significant problem in Ontario floriculture greenhouses. Correct identification is the first step to better control.