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Any of several moth caterpillars that feed on cotton bolls, especially the pink bollworm and the corn earworm.


(Animals) any of various moth caterpillars, such as Pectinophora (or Platyedra) gossypiella (pink bollworm), that feed on and destroy cotton bolls



1. Also called pink bollworm. the larva of a small moth, Pectinophora gossypiella, that feeds on the seeds of cotton bolls.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bollworm - any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bollsbollworm - any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
Gelechia gossypiella, pink bollworm - larvae of a gelechiid moth introduced from Asia; feeds on the seeds of cotton bolls
corn earworm, cotton bollworm, Heliothis zia, tobacco budworm, tomato fruitworm, vetchworm - larva of a noctuid moth; highly destructive to especially corn and cotton and tomato crops
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At last the bollworm had attacked the cotton--the poison ivy was reaching out its tendrils to entwine the summer boarder--the millionaire lumberman, thinly disguised as the Alaskan miner, was about to engulf our Milly and upset Nature's adjustment.
On the other side of the world, clusters of Arizona cotton fields with Bt plants on more than 60 percent of the acreage have managed to suppress the local populations of the dreaded pink bollworm, says entomologist Yves Carriere of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
However, cotton treated with spinosad "had fewer damaging bollworm and budworm larvae than plots treated with the other pesticides," Esquivel says.
MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have advised farmers to kill pink bollworm while they pass through dormancy period in winter season to avert chances of their attack on the cotton crop next season.
The Committee was informed that pink bollworm and whitefly have severely attacked the crops in Sindh and Punjab.
Neem derivatives at all concentrations badly affected the attack of Spotted bollworm where as only at higher concentrations adversely affected the attack of pink bollworms up to 12 days after spray.
He, however, appealed all the stakeholders to cooperate with the officials in this campaign so that pink bollworm or its Pupae get killed either by lack of food or by rising temperature before the cotton sowing.
Talking about cotton, he said pink bollworm inflicted billions of rupees loss on the crop.
Mahmud said enemy pests, particularly pink bollworm used to feed on early sown cotton and that was why the provincial government banned sowing of cotton till April 1 to keep the crop safe.
Agriculture sources said that the enforcement of Section 144 was meant to prevent cotton crop from the attack of pink bollworm, 'The early crop playes the role of a shelter for pink bollworm.
Cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) is very important polyphagous insect pest with wide host range known for its economic losses worldwide.
The Shetkar Jagran Manch's demands include compensation to cotton farmers for damage by pink bollworm attack, action against companies manufacturing and selling fake biotech seeds, full compensation to farmers for losses suffered in moong, urad and soyabean cultivation, not disconnecting power supply to agriculture pumps, striking off unjust conditions from the gold mortgage waiver scheme of the state government for farmers and purchase of all farm produce at the MSP.