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A moth larva that feeds on plant buds.
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(Animals) a larval pest that feeds on buds and leaves
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1. any of several moth larvae that attack the buds of plants.
[1840–50, Amer.]
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I skipped growing petunias and calibrachoas for a time myself after one summer when tobacco budworms stole the flower show.
Mulye and Gordon (1993) also reported that lipid synthesis and catabolism of the fat body was severely impaired in juvenile hormone analogue treated budworms. Reduction in glycogen contents may be due to utilization of glycogen as energy source in aerobic as well as anaerobic pathways under stress conditions.
The bacteria are now recommended for use against tobacco budworms and hornworms.
TABLE 1: Descriptive parameters related to captures of adult spruce budworms at light traps deployed in tree canopies and forest clearings at seven locations-years (mean [+ or -] SE).
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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.
Diet: Asparagus beetles, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, corn earworms, cutworms, slugs, squash vine borers and tobacco budworms. Some are also important consumers of weed seeds.
Spruce budworms handbook: Using dendrochronology to measure radial growth of defoliated trees.
Jenkins, a research plant geneticist and director of the ARS Crop Science Research Laboratory at Mississippi State, Miss., 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.
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.