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 The biological material, spinosad, is quite effective on both the codling moth and the apple maggot (which shows up in late June). oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2023 Check apple maggot traps; spray tree if needed. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 When species diverge like the apple maggot flies - without a complete, physical barrier - it's called Sympatric Speciation. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2011 The apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella is a prime example of a species just beginning to diverge. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2011 Remove and dispose of windfall apples that might be harboring apple maggot or codling moth larvae. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of apple maggot was in 1866

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“Apple maggot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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