apple maggot


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 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, "Ask an expert: Precise schedule of treatments could help avoid apple scab," 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, "New Hybrid Species Remix Old Genes Creatively," 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, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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