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Inchworms Gather on Windowsill

One of our reader sent us a photo of an organism that she found in her bedroom on the windowsill. We believe the creature is an inchworm, or geometer moth larva. Continue reading [...]

Worm in Sandbox Could be a Wireworm

A reader found a wireworm in the sand in her yard. We believe the creature-in-question is a wireworm, or click beetle larva. Continue reading [...]

Worms Found in Wood Chips Probably Safe

One of our readers dug up some tiny reddish worms. We believe they might be wireworms or another type of larvae, and we don't believe they are unsafe! Continue reading [...]

Larvae in Laundry Room Remain Unidentified

Recently, we received several amazing photographs of a couple of creatures. Our reader, who submitted them, says that he found them in his laundry room. He describes them as caterpillars or larvae that are about 1/2” (~1.25cm) long. He would like us to help him identify their species.Identifying larvae and caterpillars is notoriously difficult. This is because all larvae change appearance as they move from one instar to another. Also, many species’ larvae look alike. So, two larvae of different species may look more alike than two larvae of the same species in different instars.Many larvae are fussy eaters, so it is often easiest to identify a caterpillar or larva by its eating habits. However, we do not know of any larvae that eat laundry, so that method will not help Continue reading [...]

The Best Way to Remove Caterpillars from Your Trees and Plants

We get many questions from worried readers who have seen caterpillars on trees or plants. For the most part, these creatures aren’t causing any real harm and can be left alone. However, some species can be quite destructive and should be removed for the health of the plant. Continue reading [...]

“Silk Cream White Worms” May be Inchworms

A man recently wrote to us wondering why he finds “silk cream white worms” in his yard and room after it rains. He did not include any other information or photographs. Continue reading [...]
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