Web"worm`(?), n. (Zol.) Any one of various species of moths whose gregarious larv eat the leaves of trees, and construct a large web to which they retreat when not feeding.
The most destructive webworms belong to the family Bombycid, as the fall webworm (Hyphantria textor), which feeds on various fruit and forest trees, and the common tent caterpillar, which feeds on various fruit trees (see
Tent caterpillar, under Tent.) The grapevine webworm is the larva of a geometrid moth (see
Vine inchworm, under Vine).
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