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gall midge

any of several dipterous insects of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.
Also called gall gnat.
Origin of gall midge
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Larva of gall-midge (Contarinia nasturtii), ventral view showing anchor process (a), and spiracles projecting at sides.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
British Dictionary definitions for gall-midge

gall midge

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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