beet armyworm

the caterpillar of a noctuid moth, Laphygma exigua, a pest of beets, asparagus, corn, cotton, peas, and peppers.
Also called asparagus fern caterpillar.

1900–05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Feeding by the leaf beetle induced a systemic response in tropical soda apple that reduced the survivorship of the beet armyworm.
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