Squirming Worms Might Be Palm Flower Moth Larvae

A reader found several worm-like organisms in his studio apartment in Arizona. We believe he is dealing with palm flower moth larvae. Continue reading [...]

Worms Hanging From Light Shade Probably Inchworms

One of our readers discovered tiny brown worms hanging from the light shade in his bedroom. We are confident that these are inchworms. They are not dangerous, harmful, or considered to be household pests so we don't think our reader needs to worry about the presence of these creatures. Continue reading [...]

Worms in Basin Could Be Drain Fly Larvae

One of our readers discovered drain fly larvae in her basin while flossing. If she accidentally ingested any of the larvae she shouldn't worry because they aren't known to transmit human diseases or cause harm. Continue reading [...]

Gray Worm in Garden Is Lasiocampidae Caterpillar

One of our readers recently got in touch with us from Israel. He found a worm-like organism in his garden. He didn't ask any specific questions, but we assume he is curious about the species of the creature. He provided an excellent photograph:The creature in question has a gray body with two bands near its head. It has long brushes of gray hair lining the edges of its body. This is a caterpillar, which is the larva of a moth or butterfly. To be specific, we believe this is the larva of a Lasiocampidae moth.Lasiocampidae are a family of moths that are commonly referred to as lappet moths, snout moths, and eggars. Each of these nicknames has significance. Lappet means a small fold or or flap, so the name "lappet moth" stems from the decorative skin flaps on the caterpillar's prolegs. Continue reading [...]

What is Black Caterpillar in North Texas?

One of our readers found a black caterpillar on her patio in North Texas. Unfortunately we don't know what type of caterpillar it is. Continue reading [...]

Dark Brown Worm Invades Terrarium

We received a short message from a reader who found a mysterious worm in the terrarium she built. A terrarium is a collection of small plants growing in a transparent, sealed container. She is curious about what the specimen is, and if it will harm her plants. Continue reading [...]
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