apple maggot

noun

Definition of apple maggot

: a dipteran fly (Rhagoletis pomonella) whose larva burrows in and feeds especially on apples

Examples of apple maggot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For more information on the apple maggot and management, see here and here. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2021 For apple maggot and codling moth, you best approach is to put paper bags or nylon footies over individual apples to protect them from the crawling larva of each of the insects. oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2021 Apples are prey to many types of fungal diseases, along with apple maggot (the worm inside the apples) and also codling moth (another worm inside the apple). oregonlive, 12 July 2020 To biologists eager to understand how one species can split into two, the apple maggot fly seemed primed to spill the genetic secrets. Quanta Magazine, 10 Sep. 2019 Light blue traps attract flower thrips, and red spheres attract the flies whose eggs hatch into apple maggots. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of apple maggot

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Apple maggot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apple%20maggot. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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