After discovering that the life cycle from birth to adult only takes less than a month to complete, I can see how a rapid greenhouse thrips infestation can take place. The greenhouse thrips reproduces very rapidly and the majority of the time the males are not part of the reproduction process due to they are very rare. By means of parthenogenesis females lay their unfertilized eggs into slits of the host plant, made by their ovipositor (Bain et al., 2009). The female can lay up to 50 kidney shaped eggs, which are approximately 0.3mm in length at a time, but on average only lay 10-25 (Bain et al.,  2009). Under favorable conditions the eggs will then hatch within 17-20 days after being laid (North Carolina State University). After birth it will take roughly 13 days to complete the two larval instar phases, then close to 5 days for the prepupal and pupal stages and finally the adult greenhouse thrips can feed and reproduce for the rest of its 7 week life span (North Carolina University). You can learn more about this here! This thrips has what is called gradual metamorphosis (Dunn, 1996). The newborns, which resemble the adults in body form lack wings and are translucent white but slowly turn to a brownish yellow color through their life cycle (Bain et al., 2009). Something very interesting that I found about the young is that they are fairly slow movers and in order to deter predator from eating them they possess a drop of clear excrement on top of their abdomen, which due to the increase in size falls off upon entering adulthood (Bain et al., 2009).