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Dead Worms on Window Sill Likely Black Worms (aka Mudworms)

We recently received a query from a reader in London who keeps finding dead creatures on her windowsills and shutters. These creatures look like long black worms, and may be coming into her basement apartment through a gap in the sealant on her window. She has found them to be anywhere from one inch to several inches long. Interestingly, she has never encountered one of these in a living state. She would like to know what these are. Continue reading [...]
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Semi-Transparent Worm with Spots is a Millipede

The images of a nearly transparent worm with spots one of our readers sent presented an interesting challenge. Two of these specimens were found in this reader's shower, and he was concerned they had come from him before going down the drain. He was able to take close up photographs with a high-definition camera; even then certain differentiating characteristics weren't immediately clear. We began by addressing the concern that this might be a parasitic worm of some sort. One type of parasitic worm, Ascaris worms, typically present as more white than transparent, without such pronounced ridges or segments. From the photo, it seemed as though the worm had tapered ends. We investigated as though it was an annelid (oligichaetes), or segmented earthworm. A pot worm is a segmented worms that Continue reading [...]
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Black Worms Inhabit Outdoor Flag

One of our readers has a flag that has been infested by some black worm-like organisms. We aren't sure what these creatures are, but we encourage our reader to invest in a new flag. Continue reading [...]
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Daughter Believes There Are Worms in the Carpet

A reader told us that her daughter thinks her room is full of worms. We aren't sure if these worms exist or not, but we think cleaning the room is a good idea either way. Continue reading [...]
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Creature in Vial Remains a Mystery

One of our readers asked us to identify the creature he held in a vial. We weren't able to say with confidence what this specimen was, but it could be a mealworm. Continue reading [...]
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Worm with Hideous Face Found in Shower

A reader discovered some reddish brown worms with ugly faces in her shower. We suggest she see a doctor about this situation, because she has expressed concern that these creatures might be coming from her. Continue reading [...]