Phlaeothrips coriaceus

    Description

    Minute brown insect with a narrow body and two pairs of feathery wings.  There are over 150 species of thrip in the UK.

    Habitat

    May be found on dead branches of broadleaved trees and shrubs. 

    When to see it

    April to October.  They are predominantly a summer pest, favouring warm temperatures and dry conditions.

    Life History

    Breeds on dead branches. Thrip females have a serrated tube for laying eggs into plant tissue. Thrips have six lifecycle stages including egg, larvae, pupa and adult.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Europe but collected infrequently in Britain. 

    VC55 Status

    Seems to be rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, this may be the first VC55 record. 

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map