Here is the weekly scouting report of the Asian Bean Thrip (ABT) in various counties in Florida.
According to UF/IFAS, outside of Miami-Dade County, high population densities of ABT continue to be in isolated occurrences only.
The highest instances of ABT continues to be in eastern Palm Beach County. Populations are as high as 4.0 per bloom. However, it has not been reported in western Palm Beach County.
In southeastern Hendry County, population density averaged between 0.1 and 1.6 ABT per bloom. In northeastern Hendry County, populations are reported from 0.1 to 0.6 ABT per bloom. In western Hendry County, ABT population density was reported at 0.2 ABT per bloom. In central Hendry County, ABT was identified only in a single flower.
For the first time, ABT was reported in southern Glades County at 0.1 ABT per bloom.
In northern Collier County, ABT was not identified this week. This suggest population density is near sampling threshold. In southern Martin County, ABT was not identified this week, with a previous report of only one ABT identified in a single flower.
Isolated incidences of higher populations have been discovered at various sites after harvest in an adjacent field.