gall midge

  1. any of several dipterous insects of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.

Origin of gall midge

First recorded in 1900–05
  • Also called gall gnat.

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How to use gall midge in a sentence

  • Larva of Gall-midge (Contarinia nasturtii), ventral view showing anchor process (a), and spiracles projecting at sides.

    The Life-Story of Insects | Geo. H. Carpenter
  • These are caused by a native midge known as the olearia gall midge.

British Dictionary definitions for gall midge

gall midge

  1. 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, gall gnat See also Hessian fly

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