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gall·fly

 (gôl′flī′)
n.
Any of various small insects, such as a gall midge, a gall wasp, or certain flies in the family Tephritidae, whose larvae cause the formation of galls in plants.

gallfly

(ˈɡɔːlˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
(Animals) any of several small insects that produce galls in plant tissues, such as the gall wasp and gall midge

gall•fly

(ˈgɔlˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants, causing the formation of galls.
[1815–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gallfly - small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plantsgallfly - small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants
wasp - social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
Cynipidae, family Cynipidae - a family of Hymenoptera
2.gallfly - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plantsgallfly - 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
3.gallfly - any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants causing galls in which the larvae feed
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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Nucleators and sites of nucleation in the freeze tolerant larvae of the gallfly Eurosta solidaginis (Fitch).
Conversely, predatory birds preferentially attack larger galls (Moeller and Thogerson, 1978; Walton, 1988), most likely because they have a higher probability, of finding the larger gallfly larvae (ca.
They also frequent alder and willow thickets, where they eat the swollen larvae of the gallfly, which is encased in a red swelling of the leaves and often is nearly as large as a marble.
Effect of cooling rate on the survival of larvae, pupariation, and adult emergence of the gallfly Eurosta solidaginis.