beet armyworm


: an armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) that typically eats the foliage of beets, alfalfa, and vegetables

Examples of beet armyworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To find out how the PKFs were killing the parasites, scientists exposed braconid wasp larva to beet armyworm and infected northern armyworm plasma. Mennatalla Ibrahim, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 Maize attacked by beet armyworms releases a cloud of volatile chemicals that attracts wasps to lay eggs in the caterpillars’ bodies. Quanta Magazine, 16 Dec. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beet armyworm was in 1894

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“Beet armyworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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