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Tribe Alycaulini

Cecidomyiidae, dogwood gall (stem) - Neolasioptera cornicola Panic grass, Cecidomyiidae, tip of the ovipositor - female Neolasioptera -Sphaeralcea ambigua gall - Neolasioptera Gall midge, Rubus - Neolasioptera Lake Crabtree leaf gall on Smilax rotundifolia D_G55 2018 1 - Meunieriella on-smilax Spot Galls on Smilax - Meunieriella on-smilax Cecidomyiidae, Blephilia - Neolasioptera Pelham Road stem gall on Baccharis halimifolia D_G126 adult 2021 3 - Neolasioptera - female
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
Tribe Alycaulini
"This is a large group of 210 described species, all restricted to the Americas. Most species are primary plant feeders causing simple swellings on stems, tendrils, or petioles of various plants, or living in flowers or achenes of Asteraceae. Most appear to be associated with symbiotic fungi, at least some of the time, but some evidently are not. A few are inquilines in galls of other cecidomyiids. Except for the speciose and diverse Neolasioptera, remaining genera are small but distinct and are each restricted to a particular host group."(1)