Florida Entomologist (2009) 92, 593-597

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Raymond J. Gagné, Susan A. Wright, Matthew F. Purcell, Bradley T. Brown, Paul D. Pratt and Ted D. Center (2009)
Description of the larva of Lophodiplosis trifida, an Australian gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) and biocontrol agent of paperbark in Florida, USA
Florida Entomologist 92 (4), 593-597
Abstract: Lophodiplosis trifida Gagné, an Australian gall midge on paperbark, Melaleuca quinquenervia (Myrtaceae), is a recent release in southern Florida for the biological control of that host. The larval stage is described for the first time and compared to that of other Lophodiplosis species. Photos of galls and illustrations of larvae are provided. Second and third instars of L. trifida are unusual among Cecidomyiidae for the lack of setae on most papillae.
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Database assignments for author(s): Paul D. Pratt, Ted D. Center, Matthew Purcell

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Melaleuca quinquenervia (weed) U.S.A. (SE)
Lophodiplosis trifida (weed bioagent) Melaleuca quinquenervia (weed) U.S.A. (SE)