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A moth larva that feeds on plant buds.


(Animals) a larval pest that feeds on buds and leaves



1. any of several moth larvae that attack the buds of plants.
[1840–50, Amer.]
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Mulye and Gordon (1993) also reported that lipid synthesis and catabolism of the fat body was severely impaired in juvenile hormone analogue treated budworms.
The bacteria are now recommended for use against tobacco budworms and hornworms.
Oil-soluble dye in larval diet for tagging moths, eggs, and spermatophores of tobacco budworms.
Timber harvest and an infestation of spruce budworms resulted in a significant decline in mature evergreen trees (the primary cover in deer yards), which offer protection from deep snow and wind.
Synergism of insecticides against susceptible and pyrethroidresistant tobacco budworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) by amitraz.
Spruce budworms handbook: Using dendrochronology to measure radial growth of defoliated trees.
is an authority on the genetics controlling cotton plants' natural ability to resist attack by boll weevils, cotton bollworms, tobacco budworms, tarnished plant bugs and microscopic worms known as nematodes.
Control budworms If your geraniums, nicotiana, penstemons, and petunias appear healthy but have no flowers, budworms may be eating the flower buds before they open.
A commonly recommended product for budworm control is Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterial preparation in powder or liquid form that kills budworms by causing a lethal infection in their digestive tract.
Although fewer pesticides are being sprayed on Bt cotton to control pests like bollworms and budworms, even more toxic pesticides than before are being sprayed to control pests like aphids and stink bugs that seem to thrive once their bollworm or budworm competitors decline.
Without these insect eaters, there would likely be more severe outbreaks of spruce budworms, which could devastate both commercially and recreationally important forests throughout the northern Midwest.