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Species Agromyza deserta

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Agromyzidae (Leaf Miner Flies)
Subfamily Agromyzinae
Genus Agromyza
No Taxon (Celtis- and Ulmus-feeding species)
Species deserta (Agromyza deserta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cecidomyiaceltis deserta Patton, 1897 was described from galls on hackberry, without examining the insects that caused them. Patton believed the galls were all caused by gall midges (Cecidomyiidae), but it was later discovered that the type species of the genus, C. deserta, was actually an agromyzid fly. The other species in the genus were therefore moved to a new genus, Celticecis. Von Tschirnhaus (2017) described the adult of deserta and transferred the species to Agromyza.
Life Cycle
Adults emerge in early spring and oviposit in new hackberry shoots. The twigs are stunted and swell to form elongate galls. Each larva bores toward the base of the gall and exits to pupate in May (or possibly earlier in southern states).
Print References
Patton, W.H. 1897. A principle to observe in naming galls: two new gall-making Diptera. The Canadian Entomologist 29: 247–248.
von Tschirnhaus, Michael. 2017. First description of the gall fly Agromyza deserta (Patton) comb. nov. (Diptera: Agromyzidae), originally classified in an ichnogenus and now reared from Celtis occidentalis Linnaeus (Cannabaceae). Studia dipterologica 23:151–161.
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