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Kalama tricornis
Family: Tingidae

Dictyonota species and Kalama tricornis have two rows of meshes at the lateral edges of the forewings and uniformly wide antennae (the 3rd segment is as thick or thicker than the 4th). K. tricornis is recognised by the entirely black antennae which have long hairs. Unlike Dictyonota species, the head lacks long occipital processes next to the eyes.

Found widely but locally across the UK, the ecology of this species remains obscure and the foodplants are unknown. It has been recorded from herbaceous vegetation in a variety of habitats. The life cycle is similar to Dictynota.


Compare:
D. strichnocera, D. fuliginosa

Adult: June-October
Length 3.0-3.5 mm
 
Kalama tricornis
Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Kalama tricornis Kalama tricornis
Adult: Kent (October 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Kalama tricornis Kalama tricornis
Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Isle of Wight (June 2010) ©Ian Boyd