beet army-worm

beet armyworm

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


Origin:
1900–05

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beet armyworm

noun
moth larva that eats foliage of beets and other vegetables 
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