Dialecticopteryx australica Kirkaldy

The Fig Leafhopper


Many of the insects depicted on these pages are outwardly similar and you should not use photographs as the sole means of identification. These pages form part of a scientific key which will assist a trained entomologist to identify the species accurately.

Dialecticopteryx australica Kirkaldy 1907

Common Name: Fig Leafhopper

Subfamily/Tribe: Typhlocybinae: Empoascini

Distribution: Qld

Economic Status: Recorded on figs

Notes: It was described as Empoasca bancrofti by Evans (1938b) and as Empoasca (Paolia) bancrofti (Evans) by Lower (1952). This name was synonymised with Kirkaldy's species by Evans (1966). The most distinctive features of the species are the coloration and the presence of a clear coronal suture extending down the centre of the vertex which is of even width throughout.