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1. The yellowish hard-bodied larva of various click beetles that feeds on the roots and seedlings of many crop plants.
2. Any of various millipedes.


(Animals) the wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles, which feeds on the roots of many crop plants and is a serious agricultural pest



1. any of the slender, hard-bodied larvae of click beetles, many of which live underground and feed on the roots of plants.
2. any of various small millipedes.
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Noun1.wireworm - wormlike larva of various elaterid beetleswireworm - wormlike larva of various elaterid beetles; feeds on roots of many crop plants
Elateridae, family Elateridae - click beetles and certain fireflies
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose


[ˈwaɪəwɜːm] Ngusano m de elatérido
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Early summer can see infestations of carrot fly, while wireworm will make cavities in root veg and potato tubers and cabbage white larvae play havoc with your brassicas.
If you suspect you have wireworm, lift your susceptible crops early to minimise damage and keep your ground well cultivated in spring and summer.
But it is the poor old centipede that gets the blame for this, often pounded to death by a heavy garden boot when mistaken for a wireworm.