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Creatures on Dubai Beach Offer Little Identifying Information

Today, we’re addressing a question from a reader in Dubai. She writes because she has found some creatures on the beach, and she’s wondering if they are worms. She adds that it is the first time she has seem such critters there, and she has included a picture. Continue reading [...]

Earthworms are Quite Happy Underwater

We received a question from a reader who would like to know how much time a worm can spend underwater before drowning. The short answer is that, so long as the water has a high enough concentration of oxygen, most worms can live quite happily under water. When the soil that an earthworm is living in becomes very wet, it may choose to come to the surface to move around. It’s a lot easier to move on the surface of the ground than it is to slog through mud. The term “worm” is rather vague, but we will assume that she is referring to the common earthworm. One of the many benefits to being an earthworm is that earthworms cannot drown (because they have no lungs). Instead of breathing, earthworms actually absorb oxygen through their skin via diffusion.  So, if the earthworm’s skin is Continue reading [...]

Reader May Have Found a Horsehair Worm in the Woods

Recently, we got a note from a reader who found an interesting critter in the woods. He is wondering if this tiny creature is a member of the family Phasmatodea (he has read about Phasmatodea in a couple articles on our website). Continue reading [...]

Creature in Ice Cube Poses Many Questions, but Provides no Answers

We get a lot of questions about worms and worm-like creatures. Readers find these in their houses, their gardens, and even on their bodies (eek!). But today’s question is a little bit different: a creature in an ice cube! Continue reading [...]

Lepidopteran Caterpillars Cause Swelling

A reader approached us with a question about a literal brush with nature. While outside, she accidentally brushed her ankle against a caterpillar. Very quickly, she noticed her ankle swelling. She’s curious what type of caterpillar this might be, and has sent in a picture to help us identify it. Continue reading [...]
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Are Fruit Flies and Bathroom Worm Related

A reader who had what he thought was a fruit fly problem he’d been managing with sticky traps sent us this picture of a worm he found in the bathroom. He also recently found a moth-like bug in the bathroom and infestations near the floor and ceiling grout lines. The moth like bug and worm that he found in the bathroom point to drain flies, also known as “Clogmia,” (named by a pun-lover, obviously.) The Clogmia are a tiny fly, measuring only about 1-2 mm and often mistaken for fruit flies or fungus moth flies. They have a hairy body with large wings for their size which leads to them being called moth flies. As you might guess, drain flies breed in the slime that coats drains in bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. Typically we find them coming from drains in the basement or garage Continue reading [...]
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