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Worm found in Toilet Nothing to Worry About

A worried reader wrote to us about a creature that she found in her toilet. She describes it as being quite small, perhaps 2 cm (<1/10”) in length. She notes that it was moving around when she saw it. She asks if it is a drain fly larva, or perhaps a pin worm. She has included a picture, which shows that it is a very small creature, indeed. Continue reading [...]

Reader Encounters Worms in Her Banana

A woman has written to us asking for help identifying the worms she found crawling and wriggling in and on her banana. She has provided us with both a picture and a video. You might note that it’s hard to see anything in this picture except for banana (or maybe a banana wearing eyeglasses, if you use your imagination). But, if you watch the video closely, you can see little tiny creatures swaying slowly, as though they’re waving hello. Our reader has encountered the creature known as Panagrellus Nepenthicola. Also known as the banana worm, Panagrellus Nepenthicola is known for being banana colored. Because it is the same color as its background, the banana worm is notoriously difficult to photograph. Looking on the internet, we found this picture, which user Kookaburra posted to Continue reading [...]

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 [...]
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