gall midge



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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gall gnat

Historical Examples of gall gnat

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for gall gnat

gall midge


any of various small fragile mosquito-like dipterous flies constituting the widely distributed family Cecidomyidae, many of which have larvae that produce galls on plantsAlso called: gallfly, gall gnat See also Hessian fly
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