Integrated Pest Management Glossary

There are currently 10 definitions in this directory beginning with the letter C.

Cabbage loopers
A group of moth caterpillars that feed on the foliage of plants in the cabbage family, creating large holes and causing severe damage.

The mouthparts of spider mites, which are adapted for piercing plant tissues and sucking out fluids.

Chemical control
The application of synthetic or natural chemicals to kill or repel pests, such as insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

Chemical extraction
A counting method that involves extracting insects from plant samples using chemical solutions, which are then counted under a microscope.

Classical biological control
The introduction of exotic natural enemies to control pest populations.

Complete Metamorphosis
Complete metamorphosis is a type of insect development that involves four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. In this type of metamorphosis, the larval stage is very different from the adult stage in terms of physical appearance, behavior, and habitat. Larvae are usually worm-like and often feed heavily to grow in size. They later enter the pupal stage where they undergo a dramatic transformation before emerging as fully-formed adults.

The management of existing populations of natural enemies to maintain their effectiveness in controlling pest populations.

Corn earworms
A group of moths whose larvae feed on the kernels of developing corn ears, causing significant yield loss.

Cultural control
The manipulation of environmental factors, such as crop rotation, irrigation, sanitation, or mulching, to make the conditions less favorable for pests.

Cutworms (Noctuidae)
A group of moth caterpillars whose larvae feed on the stems and leaves of young plants, often cutting them down at the base.

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