Biology and distribution
Described from Pietersburg, South Africa on Maesa rufescens (Myrsinaceae).
Distribution: Hercinothrips brunneus is widespread over large parts of Africa and also common on the Canary Islands. In Europe it has been collected from Myoporum laetum (Scrophulariaceae) on the Spanish mainland and on Mallorca (Ulitzka unpublished).
Hood JD (1940) Two new Heliothripinae (Thysanoptera) from the Transvaal. Journal of the Entomological Society of South Africa 3: 35–41.
Goldarazena A & Vierbergen G (2022) A key to species of Hercinothrips, with one new species, and a neotype designation for H. trilineatus (Priesner). Zootaxa, 5169 (4), 322–330.
Holotype ♀ : National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.