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Black and White-Striped Worm Found on Bed is a Redbud Leaffolder Caterpillar

"I found this worm in my bed this morning" says this reader about the black and white-striped creature we see in the photograph below. The "worm" is approximately 1.5-inches in length and has no visible legs. Continue reading [...]

Black and White-Striped Caterpillar with Brown Head is a Striped Garden Caterpillar

"What is this?" is all this reader asks about the brown-headed, black and white-striped worm-like creature he found in the photograph below. In this article, we will do our best to tackle this profound question. Continue reading [...]

Grandmother and Grandchildren Discover Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

'My grandchildren and I found a tiger swallowtail caterpillar in Wilson, NC" says this reader in her submission to us. As we can see in the photo below, this caterpillar is an olive green color, with speckles of light green and white adorning its body, and it has a large head with two eye spots with a black stripe underneath. Continue reading [...]

“Feather-looking Wormy Thing” May Be a Caterpillar, or Just a Feather

"Can you please help me identify this black (sometimes white) feather looking wormy thing that moves when I uncover it?" asks this reader in her query. From the photos our reader sent us, there seems to be what looks like a gray feather, and a small, ovate organism-looking piece of matter that our reader states may be the same organism at a different stage of its life cycle. Continue reading [...]

Transparent, White Worms Found in the Soil of Pea Plants are Pea Moth Caterpillars

"The 'very tiny and almost transparent white' worm that was in the lady's soil is also in my soil" says this reader in her query concerning the worms she has found in her pea plants. "Are those small worms harmful to my plants or do they help the plants?" she asks. Continue reading [...]

Brown, Stick-like Worm Found on Deck is a Stick Caterpillar

"I found this thing on my back deck on some rugs I took out to shake," says this reader about the long, brown object in the photograph below. Our reader says that "it had split at the darker end" but that it is "tubular at the other end." Continue reading [...]
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