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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Tribe Alycaulini

More goldenrod gall fauna - Asteromyia carbonifera gall on aster leaves - Asteromyia grape petiole gall - Neolasioptera vitinea Bioblitz Durham NC stem galls on Baccharis halimifolia Rhopalia californica 2015 1 - Neolasioptera lathami Gall Midge - Asteromyia carbonifera Grass deformity - Astictoneura muhlenbergiae Cecidomyiidae, Zigzag Goldenrod, spots, top of leaf  - Asteromyia modesta Smilax blister gall midge - Meunieriella on-smilax - male
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
Tribe Alycaulini
Remarks
"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)