Tribe Dikraneurini


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.

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Kahaono montana (Evans)

Subfamily/Tribe: Typhlocybinae: Dikraneurini

Economic Status: Associated with the myrtaceous genus Eucalyptus. Individual species, particularly of the genus Kahaono Kirkaldy are often found in enormous numbers on a single tree causing noticeable leaf mottling and producing a rain of honeydew on which sooty moulds grow. 

Notes: Australia has a very distinctive fauna of Dikraneurini, associated with the genus Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae). The genera Kahaono, Aneono and Dziwneono are all endemic. Two undescribed genera are also known from Australia. The species are mainly flattened with a curved dorsal surface and concave ventral surface enabling the insects to fit closely to the surface of eucalypt leaves. Many of the species are brightly coloured with red, yellow, blue, white and black, as are the leaves on which they live.

Kahaono montana (at right) produces silken shelters under which the nymphs shelter (see image here).

CLICK ON THE IMAGE for some images of representative Australian Dikraneurini.