The gall midges are one of the most important groups of gall makers. Emerging larvae produce stimuli and the host plant responds by producing galls, fascinating structures which provide food and shelter for the developing larvae. Most gall inducing midges are host specific: they are only able to induce galls in a few, often related, plant species. A few species have different feeding modes: among them are saprophagous, fungivorous and predaceous species and some are used in biocontrol. We recorded 416 species in the whole area; 366 species are recorded from the Netherlands, 270 species from Belgium and 96 species from Luxembourg.

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Keywords Diptera, Cecidomyiidae, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, distribution, biology
Journal Nederlandse Faunistische Mededelingen
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Roskam, J.C, & Carbonnelle, S. (2015). Annotated checklist of the gall midges from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Nederlandse Faunistische Mededelingen, 44, 47–167.