One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A moth caterpillar that attacks the cotton boll.
(also 'cotton bollworm')another term for corn earworm
('pink bollworm') a small moth caterpillar which is a serious pest of the North American cotton crop (Pectinophora gossypiella, family Gelechiidae).
- ‘At the same time they had reduced pesticide applications from eight sprayings to one spraying, and the single spraying was for a secondary insect pest, not the bollworm that the cotton was now protected against.’
- ‘The pink bollworm is a major cotton pest which invades the growing cotton bolls and destroys both the seeds and the cotton fibers.’
- ‘They are known to eat cabbage moths, bollworms, tomato hornworms and broccoli worms.’
- ‘In its adult, or moth, stage, the pink bollworm lays its eggs on cotton bolls.’
- ‘Midwesterners call the insects corn earworms, but farmers elsewhere grumble about cotton bollworms and tomato fruitworms.’
- ‘My beneficial insects take care of the bollworm, and our killing frosts kill a lot of the insects.’
- ‘It would concentrate bollworms so they could be sprayed.’
- ‘The toxin-enhanced virus would act like a magic insecticide bullet, targeting only cotton bollworms, for example, and leaving bees and other beneficial insects unharmed.’
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