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A gall midge (Mayetiola destructor) having larvae that damage wheat and other grain plants. It was believed to have been brought to North America by Hessian troops during the American Revolution.
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(Animals) 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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a small fly, Mayetiola (or Phytophaga) destructor, the larvae of which feed on the stems of wheat and other grasses.
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