- Adults 1 to 2mm, but some tropical species may be 10mm.
- Adults vary in color from yellow-brown to black. They are characterized by their slender bodies and frilly wings.
- Eggs are laid singly by the female who inserts them into slits cut in a flower or leaf.
- The emerging nymph resembles the adult but is smaller and paler in color.
- The lifecycle is complete within two to five weeks dependent on species and environmental conditions.
Thrips feed inside developing flower buds and in newly expanding leaves of plants. Damage is not seen until the deformed flowers / leaves expand.