leaf miner

noun

Definition of leaf miner

: any of various small insects (such as moths or dipteran flies) that in the larval stages burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves

Examples of leaf miner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every tomato plant has a few leaf miner trails streaking through some of their leaves without causing major harm. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Mar. 2021 Cutting off infected leaves causes the tree to make new leaves, which will also get infected with leaf miner. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2020 The pest attacking your tomatoes is called a leaf miner. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 3 Sep. 2020 Spinosad insecticides also control thrips, leaf miners and immature stink bugs. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Nov. 2019 That is summary-talk for birch leaves withering, massive lilac leaf roller attacks, aphid invasions and leaf miners where there are no aphids. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2019 If those are missing, the FDA allows larvae of spinach worms or eight whole leaf miner bugs. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 4 Oct. 2019 The species, present in Europe since before the last Ice Age, has been threatened by defoliation because of the leaf miner moth, and a blotch caused by a fungus, as well as by human pressures. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019 This is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that is effective against all chewing insects other than slugs and snails (caterpillars, thrips, leaf miners, etc.). Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of leaf miner

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Leaf miner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20miner. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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