Corn borer damage to corn

Corn borer damage to corn

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Credit: PATRICK DUMAS/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) damage to an ear of corn (Zea mays). The European corn borer is native to Europe and is a major agricultural pest of corn, killing the crop and reducing yields. The female moth lays its eggs on the stems of the plant, and the newly hatched larvae bore inside the stems to feed on the tissues within. This damages a plant's vascular tissues and interferes with the internal transfer of water, sugars and nutrients. In the last larval stage, as seen here, the borer is around 15mm in length.

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