corn earworm


corn ear·worm

noun \-ˈir-ˌwərm\

Definition of CORN EARWORM

:  a noctuid moth (Helicoverpa zea syn. Heliothis zea) whose large striped yellow-headed larva is especially destructive to corn, tomatoes, tobacco, and cotton bolls

First Known Use of CORN EARWORM

1802

corn earworm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Moth larva (Heliothis zea, family Noctuidae) that damages corn, tomato, cotton, and other seasonal crops. The smooth, fleshy, green or brown caterpillars feed on corn kernels near the tip of the ear and burrow into tomatoes and cotton bolls. Four or five generations of the pale brown adult moths, with wingspans of 1.3 in. (3.5 cm), are produced annually.

Variants of CORN EARWORM

corn earworm or cotton bollworm or tomato fruitworm

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