lesser cornstalk borer


: a pyralid moth (Elasmopalpus lignosellus) having slender greenish larvae that burrow in the stalk especially of corn near ground level

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lesser cornstalk borer was circa 1925

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“Lesser cornstalk borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser%20cornstalk%20borer. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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