Hessian fly

Definition of Hessian fly

(Zool.) a small dipterous fly or midge (Cecidomyia destructor). Its larvæ live between the base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are very destructive to young wheat; - so called from the erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the Hessian troops, during the Revolution.

See also: Hessian

Related Words

gall gnat, gall midge, gallfly, genus Mayetiola, Mayetiola, Mayetiola destructor
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