fall webworm

See under webworm.

1860–65, Americanism

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the larva of any of several moths, as Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm) or Loxostege similalis (garden webworm) which spins a web over the foliage on which it feeds.

1790–1800, Americanism; web + worm

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The apple ermine moth and the fall webworm also spin cocoons that may be confused with those of tent caterpillars.
Carbaryl, acephate or other chemical registered for fall webworm may also be used.
Insects include fall webworm cankerworms, and apple maggot.
The fall webworm favorite foods are cottonwoods, chokecherries and walnut, but almost any hardwood tree species will do.
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