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borer,

name applied to various animals that are injurious because of their ability to penetrate plant or animal tissues. Among insects, some borers are beetles, e.g., the flatheaded apple-tree borer, a serious pest of many shade and fruit trees; the roundheaded apple-tree borer; and the bronze birch, locust, elm, shot-hole, and poplar borers. Other boring insects are moths that are harmful in the larval stage, e.g., the peach, currant, squash, lilac, and southern cornstalk borers and the European corn borercorn borer
or European corn borer,
common name for the larva of a moth of the family Pyralidae, introduced from S Europe into the Boston area in 1917. The corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis,
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. Marine borers include the boring sponges, certain marine worms, and some bivalve mollusks, e.g., the rock borer, the shipwormshipworm
or teredo
, marine bivalve mollusk of the family Teredinidae, specialized for boring in wood. A shipworm is not a worm, but a greatly elongated clam. Its two shells, enclosing only the front end of the body, function as a tool, rather than a protective
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, and the piddock, which are thought to secrete acids that dissolve rock and other substances. The hagfishhagfish,
primitive, jawless marine fish of the family Myxinidae, of worldwide distribution in cold and temperate waters. Its rudimentary skeleton, of cartilage rather than bone, has a braincase, but no jaw. The circular sucking mouth has rows of horny teeth.
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, or borer, is a marine pest that burrows into the bodies of other fish.

borer

[′bȯr·ər]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any insect or other invertebrate that burrows into wood, rock, or other substances.
(mechanical engineering)
An apparatus used to bore openings into the earth up to about 8 feet (2.4 meters) in diameter.
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Gurdaspur Borer enters the cane through its eyes and travels inside the sugarcane while making a tunnel.
Pheromone traps may assist scouting for the Mexican rice borer, which should begin when the rate of capture reaches 20 moths per trap in a 1 wk period (Hummel et al.
Swingle's Senior Consulting Arborist, Steve Geist, says, "The emerald ash borer does its damage underneath the tree bark -- it's stealth.
The emerald ash borer lives with all these other insects (in its native countries) which keep it in check.
Yasda jig borers consistently achieve outstanding performance in heavy duty machining, something conventional jig borers have traditionally not been known for," said David Lucius, vice president of sales for Methods Machine Tools.
These findings "suggest that the widespread death of ash trees from the emerald ash borer leads to an increase in mortality;' evincing "a causal relationship" between plentiful trees and human health, the researchers wrote.
When emerald ash borer comes into a community, city streets lined with ash trees become treeless.
In a news release, FAO said planning is currently underway for a sub-regional project to manage the tomato borer in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, drawing on techniques used most recently in various Mediterranean countries.
Entomologists led by Richard Stouthamer proposed the name polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) for the tiny insect, an ambrosia beetle.
A corn borer is a pest of grain infesting varieties of millet including corn.
The combined effects of berry borer infestation, unfavorable weather conditions and farmer apathy could result in Jamaica's lowest coffee production in more than 20 years, reports The Jamaica Gleaner (Dec.
Along with its foreign cousins, the ash borer is costing local governments $1.