[Taxacom] Mystery photo

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Oct 25 15:27:13 CDT 2012

Hi John,
Laurence Mound has already been consulted by the person who wants the "insect" identified, but the conclusion is inconclusive. In particular, the "abdomen" doesn't seem right for a thrips. I expect it is mainly the apparent "wing" shape which is suggestive of a thrips...
Cheers, Stephen

From: John Noyes <j.noyes at nhm.ac.uk>
To: 'Stephen Thorpe' <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>; "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Thursday, 25 October 2012 9:30 PM
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] Mystery photo

Hi Stephen,

Looks like a thrips (Thysanoptera) to me. I think some species are known to be pollinators of orchids. Try Laurence Mound (CSIRO, Canberra) he should be able to help.


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Sent: 25 October 2012 01:53
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Subject: [Taxacom] Mystery photo

can anyone please suggest what this photo depicts?

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