from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The larva of Gortyna nitela, a noctuid moth of North America, which is noted as a pest to potato, corn, tomato, and a number of other plants.
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When the plants are sprayed with arsenicals for other insects this will operate to a certain extent against the stalk-borer.
Hence it can always be readily distinguished from the larva of the stalk-borer, which has invariably sixteen legs, no matter how small it may be.
The larva of the stalk-borer moth leaves the stalk in which it burrowed about the latter part of July, and descends a little below the surface of the earth, where in about three days it changes into the pupa, or chrysalis state.
(From Chittenden, U.S. Dept. Agr.)] = The stalk-borer =, as its name implies, attacks the stalk, and is an intermittent pest, though quite annoying at times.