Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tipula flava Schrank, 1776
Cecidomyia buxi Laboulbène, 1873
Commonly recorded as Monarthopalpus buxi.
Explanation of Names
The genus name means "single-jointed palps". Most Nematocera have longer palps.
The species name means yellow.
"The species, an immigrant from Europe, was introduced into North America during colonial times with potted boxwood."(1)
It is now widespread.(2)
Larve form 5 mm blisters on the upper sides of boxwood leaves.(1)
This is the only gall midge on boxwood in North America. The genus Buxus
is not native and has no native gall makers.