To the Editor.—
Thrips are minute plant-feeding insects that may bite man. They are of the order Thysanoptera.1 There have been numerous reports, in the entomologic literature, of their attacking man and of their ability to suck blood.1Bailey2 states that while working on experimental plots, he experienced bites from the onion thrips, Thrips tabaci (Lind), and also had similar experiences with the pear thrips, Taeniothrips inconsequens (Uzel).Several other species of thrips have been reported in a similar connection,1 eg, Heliothrips indicus (Bagnall), a cotton pest of the Sudan; Thrips imaginis (Bagnall), reported for Australia; Limothrips cerealium (Haliday), for Germany; Gynaitkothrips uzeli (Zimmerman), for Algiers; and other species. It would appear that many species of thrips are involved and that this behavior is not restricted to any one species.James,3 in a personal communication to Stanley F. Bailey, PhD, found that Chirothrips aculeatus and
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