gall midge

gall midge

noun
any of several dipterous insects of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.
Also called gall gnat.


Origin:
1900–05

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gall midge
 
n
See also Hessian fly gallfly, Also called: gall gnat any of various small fragile mosquito-like dipterous flies constituting the widely distributed family Cecidomyidae, many of which have larvae that produce galls on plants

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gall midge

any minute, delicate insect (order Diptera) characterized by beaded, somewhat hairy antennae and few veins in the short-haired wings. The brightly coloured larvae live in leaves and flowers, usually causing the formation of tissue swellings (galls). A few live in galls produced by other dipterans. Pupation takes place in the gall or in the soil; the winter is passed in an immature stage

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