Pink Bollworm

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Pink Bollworm, an insect pest of the cotton plant. It is the small, pinkish caterpillar of a brown, striped moth. Both the caterpillar and the moth are less than a half-inch (13 mm) long. Native to Asia, the pink bollworm has spread to cotton-growing regions throughout the world. It entered Texas from Mexico in 1917 and invaded most cotton regions of the South. The pink bollworm causes extensive crop damage unless controlled by insecticides, burning of cotton stalks after harvest, and plant quarantine programs.


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