casebearer
noun Date: circa 1889 an insect larva that forms a protective case (as of silk)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • casebearer — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : any of various insect larvae; specifically : a moth larva that forms a protective case of silk or of fragments of leaves or other substances and is often a serious pest of cultivated plants see cigar casebearer, pistol… …   Useful english dictionary

  • casebearer — ▪ larva       any larva of a group of moths (order Lepidoptera) that are characteristically light brown with dark heads and feed on apple, birch, cherry, and willow trees. After hatching from the egg, larvae first feed as leaf miners. As they… …   Universalium

  • cherry casebearer — noun : a casebearer (Coleophora pruniella) closely related to and similar in habits to the pistol casebearer but chiefly attacking wild and cultivated cherries …   Useful english dictionary

  • clover casebearer — noun : a casebearer moth (Coleophora spissicomis) the larvae of which feed on the developing seeds of clover especially in New Zealand …   Useful english dictionary

  • larch casebearer — noun : a casebearer that is the larva of a minute moth (Coleophora laricella), that lives in a case made of a hollowed silk lined leaf, and that mines in the leaves of larches sometimes causing severe defoliation …   Useful english dictionary

  • pistol casebearer — noun : a casebearer that makes a curved case; specifically : one that is the larva of a small No. American moth (Coleophora malivorella) and that feeds on the foliage of various fruit trees …   Useful english dictionary

  • cigar casebearer — noun : a larval moth (Coleophora serratella) that is enclosed in a brown cigar shaped case and that feeds on apple tree and other fruit tree foliage …   Useful english dictionary

  • pecan nut casebearer — noun : a grub that is the larva of a moth (Acrobasis caryae) and that feeds on various hickories and walnuts …   Useful english dictionary

  • walnut casebearer — noun : a small phycitid moth (Mineola palliolella) whose larva lives in a portable case on the walnut …   Useful english dictionary

  • lepidopteran — /lep i dop teuhr euhn/, adj. 1. lepidopterous. n. 2. a lepidopterous insect. [1850 55; LEPIDOPTER(A) + AN] * * * Any of the more than 100,000 species constituting the order Lepidoptera (Greek: scaly wing ): butterflies, moths, and skippers. The… …   Universalium

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