Hessian fly

Hessian fly

noun
a small fly, Phytophaga destructor, the larvae of which feed on the stems of wheat and other grasses.

Origin:
1780–90, Americanism

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Hessian fly
 
n
a small dipterous fly, Mayetiola destructor, whose larvae damage wheat, barley, and rye: family Cecidomyidae (gall midges)
 
[C18: so called because it was thought to have been introduced into America by Hessian soldiers]

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hessian fly

small fly in the gall midge family, Cecidomyiidae (order Diptera), that is very destructive to wheat crops. Though a native of Asia it was transported into Europe and later into North America, supposedly in the straw bedding of Hessian troops during the American Revolution (1775-83).

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