- 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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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
- 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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