apple maggot


Definition of apple maggot

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

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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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