One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An insect, especially a small moth, whose larvae roll up the leaves of plants which they feed upon.
- ‘Chinese farmers planted this field with genetically modified rice engineered to resist two insect pests, the stem borer and the leaf roller.’
- ‘Some of the most common garden pests that gardeners encounter include aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, white, flies, thrips, slugs and snails, scales, leaf rollers, squash bugs, pillbugs, and yes - sowbugs!’
- ‘In Australia a native leaf roller, light brown apple moth, is the country's most serious insect pest, feeding on a wide range of native and imported plants, including grapevines.’
- ‘Two rice strains were genetically altered to resist two insects, rice stem borers and leaf rollers, which sometimes require heavy use of pesticides to control.’
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