Apple Maggot

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Apple Maggot, or Railroad Worm, an insect larva that infests apples. The adult is a fly about one-fourth of an inch (6 mm) long, with a wingspread of about one-half inch (13 mm). The female lays eggs in the flesh of the apple, where they hatch as white larvae. The larvae feed on the fruit, leaving a winding burrow that resembles a railroad track. The fruit breaks down into a brown, pulpy mass. When infested apples drop from the tree to the ground, the maggots burrow into the soil, where they spend the winter in the pupal stage.


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