Biology and distribution
Described from Belgium (H. bicinctus) and Australia (H. bifasciipennis).
Distribution: H. bicinctus was reported from Tanzania (Bagnall 1919) and most likely it originates from tropical Africa. Today it has been introduced in many countries of tropical and subtropical regions; in temperate zones it has been reported from glasshouses. H. bicinctus is polyphagous and is living on the leaves of a wide range of plants. Especially it is found on Amaryllidaeceae and frequently in banana cultures (‘banana silvering thrips’).
Bagnall RS (1919) Brief descriptions of new Thysanoptera X. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9)4: 253–277.
Girault AA (1926) Characteristics of new Australian insects [Refused Publication on Pretext]. Published privately, Brisbane 2 pp.
Mound LA (1970) Studies on heliothripine Thysanoptera. Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London 39: 41–56.
Hoddle HS, Mound LA & Paris D (2012) Thrips of California 2012. LINK
Mound LA, Tree DC & Paris D. (2012) Ozthrips – Thysanoptera in Australia. LINK
Martin NA (2017) Banana silvering thrips – Hercinothrips bicinctus. LINK
Lectotype ♀ (H. bicinctus): The Natural History Museum, London.