Phlaeothrips coriaceus


Minute brown insect with a narrow body and two pairs of feathery wings.  There are over 150 species of thrip in the UK.

Identification difficulty

May be found on dead branches of broadleaved trees and shrubs. 

When to see it

April to October.  They are predominantly a summer pest, favouring warm temperatures and dry conditions.

Life History

Breeds on dead branches. Thrip females have a serrated tube for laying eggs into plant tissue. Thrips have six lifecycle stages including egg, larvae, pupa and adult.

UK Status

Widespread in Europe but collected infrequently in Britain. 

VC55 Status

Seems to be rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, this may be the first VC55 record. 

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map