Thrips

Thrips

Thrips

(Latin: Thysanoptera)

On warm summer days the tiny insects known as thrips may occur in enormous numbers and even enter houses. They have a tendency to creep in under clothing, or into ears, mouths and eyes, and they tickle as they move around on the skin.

Thrips feed by sucking plant juices, but occasionally they may insert their mouth- parts into human skin, in some cases causing a rash and itching. They can jump by striking the abdomen against the substrate and are therefore sometimes confused with fleas.