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Any of several moth caterpillars that feed on cotton bolls, especially the pink bollworm and the corn earworm.
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(Animals) any of various moth caterpillars, such as Pectinophora (or Platyedra) gossypiella (pink bollworm), that feed on and destroy cotton bolls
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1. Also called pink bollworm. the larva of a small moth, Pectinophora gossypiella, that feeds on the seeds of cotton bolls.
[1840–50, Amer.]
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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.
To monitor pink bollworm, farmers should install 1-2 pheromone traps.
'Cotton crop is under attack of pests, especially white fly, thrips and pink bollworm, due to weather conditions and growers' financial incapacity to counter the menace by applying appropriate quantity of pesticides and fertilizers,' Mr Khokhar said, adding the pest attack was so severe that it may drastically cut lint yield.
Farmers should consult officials for suitable spray to tackle attack by army-worm, pink bollworm, white fly, Thrips and Aphid.
They say they have to dig deeper into their pockets to be able to control the African bollworm and the mealybug.
Among all bollworms pink bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella) is a major pest and reduced the cotton production in many countries of the world.
FAISALABAD -- The Agriculture Department has released off-season cotton management strategy to save the next crop from attack of Gulabi Sundi (pink bollworm).
The hot spots for pests, especially whitefly, thrips and pink bollworm were being observed in the fields.
MULTAN -- Agricultural scientists pointed out on Wednesday pink bollworm and whitefly could damage cotton crop seriously, suggesting to the growers and agri officials to adopt measures for biological control of the pest attack like increasing the population of predatory insects.