Feeding Behavior and Nutritional Requirements

  • William D. J. Kirk
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 276)


Thrips that live on plants can feed on a wide range of types of food. These foods are surveyed. Very little is known about the relative amounts of each food type that a thrips consumes in the field. Thrips may feed more opportunistically and have wider diets, in terms of food type, than has been recognised. It is proposed that many leaf-feeding thrips may also feed on pollen and be occasional predators. The high proportion of leaf-feeding species with wind-pollinated host-plants may reflect the nutritional advantage of being able to feed additionally on pollen that lands on the leaves.


Nitrogen Content Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus High Nitrogen Content Host Shift Thrips Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. J. Kirk
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesKeele UniversityKeele, StaffordshireUK

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