Ash Midrib Gall Midge – Continaria Canadensis

Ash Midrib Gall Midge (Continaria Canadensis)

Latin Name: Continaria Canadensis 

 Common Name: Ash Midrib Gall Midge

Appearance: These galls, which are usually 1/2 inch to 1 inch long, are succulent and have strong walls.

Territory:  throughout much of the southeast United States

Damages caused by Ash Midrib Gall Midge

To be successful, gall manufacturers must strike at a precise moment. They might not be able to get the plant to develop the tissue that forms the gall if they don’t do so. The galls are unlikely to be harmful to the health of the trees.

Beneficial garden insects:

Some bugs are beneficial to the garden. These wonderful guys are known as “beneficial insects,” and they may be extremely useful to your garden by devouring pest insects that would otherwise consume your plants. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular helpful insects and how to get them into your garden.

Some beneficial garden insects are given:

  • Ladybirds (Coleoptera)
  • Lacewings (Neuroptera)
  • Hoverflies (Diptera)
  • Parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera)
  • Solitary bees (Hymenoptera)
  • Ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae)

Life History and Habits:

One or more minute maggots, the larval stages of extremely small flies known as midges, are housed in a small cavity within each gall. During the early spring, female midges lay their eggs in immature leaflets. The production of galls occurs shortly after the eggs have been deposited.