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Gall Midge

Subfamily Cecidomyiinae

Description:

Small gray and orange fly with long, gray wings. The head is really just two eyes, antennae and a long proboscis. It was poking the flower bud with its proboscis before falling onto a leaf underneath. These flies cause galls to form by excreting a substance that makes the plants grow rapidly in that immediate area. This is to house the larvae. These are a huge pest to agriculture.

Habitat:

Mexican Bush Sage in the backyard.

Notes:

Possibly Asphondyliini tribe

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San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 25, 2013
Submitted on Apr 26, 2013

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