gall midge


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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.

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

gall′ midge`


n.
any midge of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.
[1900–05]
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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He bemoans the error in one of his youthful designs, the gall midge, that "literally chews itself / into life, you understand, cuts / through the mother's chest to feel, / at long last, the wind lick viscera / off its plump cheek." The horrific violence of the midge creates a "backlash of copycats."
Common diseases of mango include gall midge infestation, black mildew hopper attack, mango malformation disease, pulp weevil, stem mioisonous chemicals to eradicate the disease in order to retain the crop yield.
Gall midge flies showed up in 100 percent of houses studied; dark-winged fungus gnats lived in 96 percent.
Previous researchers from India reported that Dasineura amaramanjarae Grover (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) was recorded as a significant gall midge pest of mango which causes damage due to direct feeding of its larvae on flower buds.
McKenzie, Osborne, and Xiao have also shown that corn will bank a gall midge that effectively controls the two-spotted spider mite.
This genus was subsequently widely and incorrectly used in applied entomology to accommodate the Asian rice gall midge, Orseolia oryzae (Wood-Mason, 1889) (see Krishnaiah 2004).