from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The larva of a pyralid moth (Diaphania nitidalis) of the southern Atlantic and Gulf states of the United States, that feeds destructively on cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and other gourds.
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Yalemar worked on the problem after the pickleworm was first discovered here, trying to determine if there were "natural enemies out there" in Hawaii.
And Bt-an organic insecticide that affects only caterpillars feeding on sprayed plants-is the answer, whether the pest is your white broccoli worm (or the more common green one), tomato hornworm, pickleworm-whatever.