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Tropical Research & Education Center

Tropical Research & Education Center

Thrips parvispinus Resources

The invasive thrips, Thrips parvispinus, is a polyphagous pest that causes damage to vegetable, ornamental, and fruit crops. This thrips originates from southeast Asia and was first found in Florida in 2020. This pest has caused significant damage to the Gardenia and Mandevilla production in south Florida. The Thrips parvispinus is a regulated pest by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI).





For questions regarding the Thrips parvispinus, please call the Division of Plant Industry Helpline at 1-888-397-1517 or email photos to