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Do Thrips Bite Humans?


Important!

ANSWER:

Thrips DO bite humans.


 

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If you have ever been bitten by something but look down to find nothing there, you could have been bitten by a thrips. (Thrips is the singular and plural form).  Measuring in at a minute 1/32”-1/8” long, thrips are difficult to immediately see.

Thrips do bite humans but not as a defense mechanism as with many other insects.  Thrips bite as a means to discover food sources.  Though some thrips species will feed on other thrips, insect larvae, and mites, most are phytophages, feeding on plants and plant parts.  So soon after a thrips bites you, it will discover that you are not a food source and move on.

Resources

 

“BioKIDS – Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species, Critter Catalog, Thysanoptera, thrips.” BioKIDS – Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species, Welcome. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Thysanoptera/

 

“Thrips: The Invisible Biter.” Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Bexar County – Welcome to our Site!. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/IPM/Landscape/F1/nThrips.htm