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goldenrod and aster feeding species

Gall Midge - Asphondylia Gall Midge - Asphondylia cecidomyiid - Asphondylia - female Goldenrod fly galls - Asphondylia Goldenrod fly galls - Asphondylia Midge gall on goldenrod - Asphondylia solidaginis Cecidomyiidae, Goldenrod galls 1 & 2 - Asphondylia solidaginis Mosquito - Asphondylia
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
Tribe Asphondyliini
Genus Asphondylia
No Taxon goldenrod and aster feeding species
Females have white-banded legs.
This species group includes gall makers on asters and goldenrods (which both belong to the same tribe, Astereae, of the composite family). The goldenrod gall makers have been recently revised, although there are probably undescribed species represented on BugGuide. Described species on goldenrod are
Asphondylia monacha forms small galls on Solidago altissima sprouts in spring and 5-8 cm galls on Solidago juncea, Solidago erecta, and Solidago uliginosa in summer
Asphondylia pseudorosa on Euthamnia graminifolia
Asphondylia rosulata on Solidago rugosa
Asphondylia silva 4+ cm leaf rosette on Solidago caesia
Asphondylia solidaginis forms at least two types of galls on Solidago altissima and occasionally Solidago gigantea
On asters, the only named species is Asphondylia recondita on Symphyotrichum.
See Also
Other gall makers in goldenrods include Procecidochares atra (bud galls), Rhopalomyia lobata (bud galls), Rhopalomyia solidaginis (rosette galls). See Dorchin (2015) for details.
Print References
Dorchin N., Joy J.B., Hilke L.K., Wise M.J., and Abrahamson W.G. 2015. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Asphondylia species (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) of North American goldenrods: challenging morphology, complex host associations, and cryptic speciation. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 265-304.