en·doph·a·gous | \ (ˈ)en¦däfəgəs \
Definition of endophagous
: feeding from within:
a of a parasitoid insect larva : developing within and feeding on the internal organs and tissues of the host — compare ectophagous
b : consuming vegetation or plant debris by burrowing in and disintegrating plant structures (as in the tunneling of leaves by leaf miners)
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