Aptinothrips rufus

Alternative names
Red Grass Thrip

Both sexes without wings. Body and legs yellow, antennal segment VI shaded brown. Antennae 6-segmented; segment VI pedicilate, twice as long as V and tapering to apex; segments III–IV with sensorium simple. Head and pronotum without long setae; head longer than wide, ocelli not developed. Tarsi each with only one segment. Tergite IX posteromedian setae short, about 0.2 times as long as lateral pair of setae.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Requires microscopic examination of key features.


Grassland and pasture.

When to see it

To folllow.

UK Status

Often abundant in grassland and pasture. 

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known, but possibly under recorded.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map