peach tree borer

noun

Definition of peach tree borer 

: a blue-black clearwing moth (Synanthedon exitiosa synonym Sanninoidea exitiosa) with the female having an orange band on the abdomen and whose white brown-headed larva bores in the wood of stone fruit trees (such as the peach)

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Purple-leafed plums only live five to six years before peach tree borers and bacterial stem canker invade and kill them. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Browning spider plant could be fertilizer scorched," 25 May 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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