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The larva of either of two geometrid moths (Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria), destructive to fruit and shade trees.


(Animals) the larva of either of two geometrid moths, Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria, which feed on and destroy fruit and shade trees in North America


(ˈkæŋ kərˌwɜrm)

the striped green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of trees.
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Noun1.cankerworm - green caterpillar of a geometrid mothcankerworm - green caterpillar of a geometrid moth; pest of various fruit and shade trees
family Geometridae, Geometridae - measuring worms
spring cankerworm - variably colored looper; larva of Paleacrita vernata
fall cankerworm - green or brown white-striped looper; larva of Alsophila pometaria
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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Gypsy moth defoliation in 2014 totaled 214,972 acres, and another 115,104 acres were defoliated by the fall cankerworm.
Similar looking fall cankerworm moths can emerge at the same time, but their females are wingless, and the males have an obvious light patch on the tip of their front wings.
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