Sunday Aug 06, 2023


There are over 6000 species of thrips. Luckily, only a few of these attack arable crops.

Thrips feed off the top surface of the leaf, leaving characteristically silver markings behind.

Thrips lay their eggs INSIDE leaves, which makes killing every point of the life cycle difficult. Plus the pupae fall to the soil halfway through their lifecycle, again meaning foliar targeted insecticides can be ineffective at stopping future populations building up.

We discuss thrips swarming only during thunderstorms, the female dominated populations, and of course methods of controlling thrips.

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