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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,
..... Click the link for more information. . Marine borers include the boring sponges, certain marine worms, and some bivalve mollusks, e.g., the rock borer, the shipwormshipworm
, 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
..... Click the link for more information. , 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.
..... Click the link for more information. , or borer, is a marine pest that burrows into the bodies of other fish.
Any insect or other invertebrate that burrows into wood, rock, or other substances.
An apparatus used to bore openings into the earth up to about 8 feet (2.4 meters) in diameter.