Definition of bollworm in English:


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  • A moth caterpillar which attacks the cotton boll, in particular:
    • (pink bollworm) a small moth caterpillar which is a serious pest of the North American cotton crop (Pectinophora gossypiella, family Gelechiidae). (also cotton bollworm) another term for corn earworm
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    • They are known to eat cabbage moths, bollworms, tomato hornworms and broccoli worms.
    • 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.
    • It would concentrate bollworms so they could be sprayed.

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