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gall gnat

noun

gall midge

noun
1.
any of several dipterous insects of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.
Also called gall gnat.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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British Dictionary definitions for gall-gnat

gall midge

noun
1.
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 Also called gallfly, gall gnat See also Hessian fly
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Encyclopedia Article for gall-gnat

gall gnat

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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