Liothrips mikaniae (Priesn.) comb. n. is one of the most promising biological control agents for Mikania micrantha, a sprawling composite vine native to the Neotropics which is a serious weed of plantations in South-East Asia. A description and illustrations of the adult and larvae of this thrips is followed by details of the life-history, culture technique, host specificity (including laboratory studies demonstrating oligophagy) and natural enemies. It is recommended for introduction to South-East Asia.
Cock, M. J. W. The biology and host specificity of Liothrips mikaniae (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), a potential biological control agent of Mikania micrantha (Compositae). Bulletin of Entomological Research (1982) 72 (03) 523-533. [DOI: 10.1017/S0007485300013705]