spruce budworm

[buhd-wurm]
noun
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:
1880–85

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Spruce budworm and pine bark beetle infestations have resulted in extensive
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