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Species Cystiphora schmidti - Rush skeletonweed gall midge

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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 Lasiopteridi
Genus Cystiphora
Species schmidti (Rush skeletonweed gall midge)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Laubertia schmidti R├╝bsaamen, 1914
0.8 to 1.6 mm
Rush skeletonweed Chondrilla juncea and related species.
Life Cycle
Four or five generations a year.
Introduced in 1975 from Greece as biocontrol of the invasive skeleton weed Chondrilla juncea (Cichoriaceae).
It forms galls in the leaves and stems.
Internet References
Cambridge U. Press. The Chondrilla gall midge, Cystiphora schmidti (R├╝bsaamen) (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae). II. biology and host specificity.