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Species Monarthropalpus flavus - Boxwood Leafminer

Gall Midges - Monarthropalpus flavus Boxwood Leafminer - Monarthropalpus flavus - male Monarthropalpus flavus Monarthropalpus flavus Monarthropalpus flavus Monarthropalpus flavus Monarthropalpus flavus Monarthropalpus flavus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Bibionomorpha (Gnats, Gall Midges, and March Flies)
Superfamily Sciaroidea (Fungus Gnats and Gall Midges)
Family Cecidomyiidae (Gall Midges and Wood Midges)
Subfamily Cecidomyiinae (Gall Midges)
Supertribe Cecidomyiidi
Genus Monarthropalpus
Species flavus (Boxwood Leafminer)
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.
Range
"The species, an immigrant from Europe, was introduced into North America during colonial times with potted boxwood."(1) It is now widespread.(2)
Remarks
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.