Reproduction of vectors of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) vectors was investigated by species in relation to infection of host plants. The fecundity and life-stage specific mortality of Frankliniella occidentalis (western flower thrips) and F. fusca (tobacco thrips) were compared over leaf disks of TSWV-infected non-infected tomato and chickweed. Thrips were maintained at 15ºC, 20ºC, and 20ºC with 12h:12h (light:dark) and at 20ºC with 6h:18h and 18h:6h. Implications for outbreaks of viruliferous thrips in early Spring of Georgia are discussed.
Species 1: Thysanoptera Thripidae Frankliniella occidentalis (western flower thrips)
Species 2: Thysanoptera Thripidae Frankliniella fusca (tobacco thrips)
Keywords: life table
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