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gall midge

n.
Any of numerous small flies of the family Cecidomyiidae, whose larvae cause the formation of galls in plants.
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gall midge

n
(Animals) 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 or gall gnat See also Hessian fly
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gall′ midge`


n.
any midge of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.
[1900–05]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gall midge - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plantsgall midge - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plants
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor - small fly whose larvae damage wheat and other grains
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Gall midges (Cecidomyiidae): Classification and biology.
The gall midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) of Mikania glomerata (Asteraceae) in southeastern Brazil.
Damaging effect of two species of gall midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) have been investigated on Castanopsis hystrix Miq.
The sections cover root and stem feeders, stem borers, rice gall midges, leafhoppers and planthoppers, foliage feeders, panicle feeders, and integrated pest management for rice.
In addition to the pygmy locust, Dr Heads and his colleagues have found mating flies, stingless bees, gall midges, Azteca ants, wasps, bark beetles, mites, spiders, plant parts and even a mammal hair.
Gall midges complex has been recently reported as one of the major pests from all mango growing areas of Pakistan.
Unlike galls, which are formed by gall midges (Cecidomyiidae), petal damage is caused by a wide variety of insects.
Checklist of Indian Gall Midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae).
Articles of about 20 pages then discuss such aspects of the science as pathogenomics of the Ralstonia solanacearum species complex, the role of nematode peptides and other small molecules in plant parasitism, new grower-friendly methods for monitoring plant pathogens, gall midges (Hessian flies) as plant pathogens, and receptor kinase signaling pathways in plant-microbe interactions.
Gagne (1994), in an account of the gall midges of the Neotropical Region, provided a brief biography of Jean-Jacques Kieffer (1857-1925), in which he noted that Kieffer published 470 scientific papers, including taxonomic studies of the Cecidomyiidae, Ceratopogonidae, Chironomidae and parasitic Hymenoptera.
White's first large-scale studies of chromosomal polymorphisms on natural populations of grasshoppers took place while he stayed in the USA at the University of Texas, where he also studied the cytology of gall midges. He chose an exceptional group of Acrididae for his cytogenetic work, the Oedipodinae genera Trimerotropis and Circotettix (White 1949, 1951); in these he pioneered studies on the effects of pericentric inversions (and other rearrangements) on meiosis and on racial and specific differentiation in grasshoppers.