insect: Insect Pests

Plant-eating insects cause enormous damage to crops; any part of a plant is subject to attack by either the adult or the larva of some insect. Among the well-known plant pests are the locust, armyworm , aphid, corn borer , coddling moth, tent caterpillar , Japanese beetle , gypsy moth , bagworm , and scale insect. Insect carriers of human diseases include the mosquito, housefly , tsetse fly , and flea .

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