Gall midges (Cecidomyiidae) are dominant among the relatively few insect taxa that are known to infest plants of the beet family (Chenopodiaceae). More than 300 gall midge species have been reported from chenopod hosts, and about 115 species of Chenopodiaceae are known to be hosts for gall midges. This extensive speciation of gall midges on chenopods is demonstrated by current data on plant-midge relationships, with special focus on the Lasiopterini, which is the largest group involved, and a possible explanation for this evolutionary process is discussed. Taxonomic difficulties concerning the Lasiopterini are also reviewed.
|Name||USDA FOREST SERVICE GENERAL TECHNICAL REPORT NORTH CENTRAL|
|Conference||International Symposium on the Biology of Cell-Inducing Arthropods Location|
|Period||14/08/97 → 19/08/97|