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Hessian fly

a small fly, Phytophaga destructor, the larvae of which feed on the stems of wheat and other grasses.
Origin of Hessian fly
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
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  • The Wheat-midge (Cecidomyia tritici), also called the hessian-fly, is sometimes very destructive to the wheat crop.

  • The larvæ are transparent; the flies resemble the hessian-fly, that destroys the wheat plant.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
British Dictionary definitions for hessian-fly

Hessian fly

a small dipterous fly, Mayetiola destructor, whose larvae damage wheat, barley, and rye: family Cecidomyidae (gall midges)
Word Origin
C18: so called because it was thought to have been introduced into America by Hessian soldiers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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