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spruce budworm

[buhd-wurm] /ˈbʌdˌwɜrm/
the larva of a common tortricid moth, Choristoneura fumiferana, that is a destructive pest primarily of spruce and balsam fir in the northern and northeastern U.S. and in Canada.
Origin of spruce budworm
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • spruce budworm and pine bark beetle infestations have resulted in extensive areas of standing dead trees.
  • Ecologists first discovered similar signals in computer simulations of spruce budworm outbreaks.
  • Conifer dominated stands indicate a heavy past influence of spruce budworm.
  • In the surrounding uplands, spruce budworm infestations have likely damaged forests.
  • spruce budworm has impacted many sites as well, creating patchy forest structure.
  • The spruce budworm and various other insects are damaging.

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