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 saliva of the Guatemalan potato moth larvae (Tecia solanivora), a major pest, which forces many farmers to spray plants with pesticides in South America, contains compounds in its foregut that elicits a system-wide response in the Colombian Andes commercial potato plant (Solanum tuberosum), researchers have found.