potato moth


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pota′to moth`


n.
a widely distributed moth, Phthorimaea operculella, whose larvae are a pest of the potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.potato moth - greyish-brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberwormpotato moth - greyish-brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberworm
gelechiid, gelechiid moth - small slender-winged moths whose larvae are agricultural pests
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The incidence of parasitism and disease in field populations of the potato moth Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) in Australia.