A Small Brown Worm

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Last month, we received a picture of a small brown worm (or small brown creature that looks a bit like a worm). The reader wanted to know what the small worm in the picture was. Another day, another question about small brown worms. Unfortunately, the picture of the creature in question isn’t particularly clear…at all. It appears to feature a curled up brown worm (although it could very well be some sort of caterpillar or larva), but that is about all we can tell. The picture isn’t accompanied by any additional information, such as where the worm (or caterpillar or larva) was found, which is very helpful to know when it comes to identifying worms or other worm-like creatures. Unfortunately, we can only offer a few guesses as to what this creature might be.

But before we do that, let’s take a look at the picture the reader sent:

Small Brown Worm Curled Up

As you can tell, this doesn’t reveal much about the worm. However, as we said, the worm looks brown and small (although we can’t even be sure of its size because there is no scale in the picture), and that leaves us with a few guesses to offer.

The first is the moth fly larva, which we seem to write about on an almost weekly basis because we get a lot of questions about them. This suggests that they are found frequently, which in turn means that our reader very well might have found one; people find common creatures more often than they find uncommon ones, obviously. Moth fly larvae are quite small – they tend to be about a quarter of an inch in length (about six millimeters) – and they are often brown or grey in color. Moth flies and their larval form are found in moist places around the house. They are frequently found in or around drains (so much so, in fact, that they are often called “drain flies”) and pipes. If the reader found the creature pictured above in a place like this, perhaps she found a moth fly larva.

If the creature was found inside, but not in a moist place like a drain, it might be a carpet beetle larva. These creatures are also small and brown, just like the creature pictured above. They tend to be found in closets where they infest clothes or in the pantry where they infest food. Just like moth fly larvae, carpet beetle larvae are also quite common.

If the creature was found outside, the reader perhaps found a black soldier fly larva. The odds of this being the case would be especially high if the reader found the creature in a compost pile or in some other gathering of organic waste. (Black soldier fly larvae are actually recruited for composting operations because they convert high-nutrient waste into animal feed.)

Of course, any one of these creatures could be found inside or outside, so it is not the case that if our reader found the creature pictured above outside, it can’t be a carpet beetle larva, for example. However, we did list the areas where people seem to find these creatures most frequently (at least based on the questions we get), so that’s why we linked each creature to a particular location.

Maybe our reader found one of the larvae listed above, but we must emphasize the word “maybe.” All we have to work with is a picture that seems to depict some sort of small brown worm, so we have listed three common larvae that look like small brown worms. If anybody else has another idea of what the creature our reader found might be, please post a comment below.


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  1. I think it is outstanding that your organization is standing up for Morgellons!! Despite the sarcastic under minded medical help out there that ridicules and questions our insanity. It’s groups such as these that will prevail and make cures possible. 30 years ago Fibro Myalgia didn’t exsist……it was ‘all in your head’. Today it is recognized as a disability. I myself am a Morgellon’s victim and believe me there is so much I would like to share! I am writing a 3 part series regarding the dilemma and would love to share my findings with you. The blurred picture that one victim posted is easily in my findings and personal collections. I will take a pic and forward it to you in hopes others will be validated. I myself have been written off in Emergency as being insane. I have been played with and laughed at and it has been a horrific nightmare! Once again……my hat goes off to this organization and I hope to be able to work one on one, and one day and bring this madness (so to speak) to a bloody end.


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    I hope you have a groovy day!

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