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Genus Cecidomyia - Pine Pitch Midges

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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 Cecidomyiidi
Tribe Cecidomyiini
Genus Cecidomyia (Pine Pitch Midges)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Itonida Meigen 1800 (suppressed)
Cecidomyia Meigen 1803
Much of the literature prior to 1963 used Itonida.
In the 19th century galls were commonly described as Cecidomyia though the insects responsible were in some cases later determined not to be Diptera.
Explanation of Names
Literally, "gall fly"
Pines and a few other conifers. (1)
Larvae live in resin on branches, twigs, and needles (one species lives in cones). (1)
Print References
Gagné, Raymond J. 1978. A systematic analysis of the pine pitch midges, Cecidomyia spp. (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). USDA Technical Bulletin 1575. (Online via USDA)
Works Cited
1.The Plant-Feeding Gall Midges of North America
Raymond J. Gagné. 1989. Cornell University Press.