European corn borer

European corn borer

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Caption: European corn borer larva (Ostrinia nubilalis) in the stem of a maize plant (Zea mays). The female corn borer 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. It is native to Europe and is a major agricultural pest of corn, killing the crop and reducing yields. In its last larval stage, as seen here, the borer is around 15mm long.

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