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Species Mayetiola destructor - Hessian Fly

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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 Lasiopteridi
Genus Mayetiola
Species destructor (Hessian Fly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cecidomyia destructor Say, 1817
Explanation of Names
Thought to have come to North America in straw brought with Hessian soldiers.
Range
Probably originally from southwest Asia, now widespread. Introduced to North America from Europe and present wherever wheat is grown.
Remarks
An economically important crop pest. Larvae in stems of wheat (Triticum spp.) and occasionally in other grasses.
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