Thrips are minute insects (1-1.5 mm), almost impossible to see with the naked eye. They have piercing and sucking mouthparts, slender bodies and two pairs of fringed, feather-like wings. Although they cannot fly very well, wind can spread them far and wide.
The majority of the species are plant feeding and can attack foliage, flowers and fruit. Although they can cause significant feeding damage on plants, they are more notorious as vectors of several devastating plant viruses. Their feeding damage to plants can also provide entry points to several fungal and bacterial plant pathogens.