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White Worm in Fabric Could be a Clothes Moth Larva

“Can you kindly identify this worm?” asks Lindsey in her submission regarding the white, worm-shaped organism pictured below. “The hair on top moves around like a feeler.” She does not add more context than this, and given how vague the photo is, we are not sure we can give her a concrete answer to her question. The worm almost looks like it is under a sheet, or some kind of fabric – as if it is struggling to break through it. As such, the hair on top looks like it is likely just a stray fiber from that material. For these reasons, we are not even sure what the true color of the organism is.

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Segmented, Brown Worm in Spearmint Plant is Likely a Caterpillar

“Found in a potted Spearmint plant”, states Terri in her submission regarding the glossy, segmented, worm-like creature pictured below. “North-Eastern North Dakota. The plant was not growing very well. Wondering if this may be why.” From what we can tell, the worm in question has a clearly segmented, brown body, though we cannot see much else, and this is unfortunately the result of a blurry photograph. If the photo were clearer, we might be able to make out if the caterpillar has legs, or if it has any other distinguishable markings that would set this critter apart from other worm-like organisms.

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Hundreds of Tiny Black Bugs on Cords are Newly-hatched Moth Larvae

“What are these little worm-like bugs?” asks this reader in her submission regarding the horde of tiny, black creatures pictured below. “They literally appeared overnight, and were attached to the cord on my blinds. They stick off horizontally and kinda wiggle.” Based on the number of these found, as well as their appearance, we would say that these are newly-hatched moth caterpillars, specifically American ermine moth caterpillars, though they could also be fall armyworms. At this early on in their life cycle, it is difficult to tell the difference between the two species.

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Black Worm-like Critters Found on Bush are Dogwood Sawfly Larvae

“I have several black wormlike creatures covering some leaves on a Fothergilla bush,” writes this reader in her submission regarding the critters pictured below. “They are black on top with a segmented pattern and very yellow underbellies. I just noticed them and I live in Transylvania County, NC. Thank you!” First off, we want to thank our reader for the spectacular photos – the amount of detail she captured is immaculate, and the lighting is excellent. Good quality photos really help us make out the finer details of a given worm’s physical appearance, which then helps us identify them. Secondly, the worm-like creatures our reader found on the bush are dogwood sawfly larvae.

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Green “Little Booger” Crawling on “Special” Plant is Likely a Caterpillar

“I found this little booger crawling on my ‘Special’ plant that’s been growing outside”, writes this reader in her submission regarding the small, green worm-like creature pictured below. “I’m hoping you could identify it. If you have any suggestions about a natural organic product I could use to rid my ‘Special’ plant of this little creepy larva, I’d really appreciate it.” First off, we must mention that, unfortunately, the photo is not of a good enough resolution for us to zoom in on the organism and see its physical characteristics clearly. What we can make out is its green coloration, its bulbous head, and the three sets of prolegs it seems to possess.

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Dried-up Worms on Patio Could be Euonymus Caterpillars

“My patio furniture and patio has several of these dried up worms and what looks like excrement everywhere”, states this reader concerning the dark green organism with black spots pictured below. “We have a pretty dense canopy of trees but I have never seen this before. Could you help me identify the worm and tell me if this is indeed worm excrement? Thank you.” Firstly, we think that the worms our reader has been finding are caterpillars: the organism’s bulbous head, prolegs, and coloration all point to this fact. That said, the coloration is a bit off: the blackish part of its body almost looks like it has been burnt, and the greener part at its rear suggests it used to be a much more vibrant green. Maybe this is a result of the caterpillar drying out as our reader suggested.

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Why Do Moth Larvae Enter People’s Homes?

“Where do the moth larvae come from?” asks this reader in his submission. “Why are they in my house?” He does not attach any photos to his submission, nor does he provide further context, so we do not know exactly which moth larvae he is dealing with. That said, we will nonetheless provide a brief overview of some of the moth larvae people typically find in their home and why and how they end up there. Moths are insects, and like any insect passes through three distinct stages of life: ‘larvahood’, pupation, and finally adulthood (when they have metamorphosed into a moth).

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Mystery Black and White-striped Worms Could be Ribbon Worms

“I recently saw a program on Discovery Plus entitled ‘MYSTERY AT BLIND FROG RANCH’, states this reader in his submission. He does not attach any photos, but he does provide ample context: “A variety of apparently a marine “worm” was found that I cannot find any information on. The worm is around 3 1/2 to 4 inches long, appears to be segmented, is basically white with black banding which appears to be approximately 1/4 inch in size with 3/8 to 1/2 inches between bands. I would appreciate any assistance you could provide in naming these worms.”

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Horde of Dark Worm-like Creatures Invading House Could be Armyworms

“What are these worms invading my porch, garage and house?” asks this reader in her submission regarding the horde of darkly-colored worm-like creatures pictured below. “And how do I stop them? I have pets and need something that won’t harm them. Thank you.” Firstly, we cannot make out any of the details of the creatures’ physical characteristics, which makes it nearly impossible to identify them without sufficient context, and, other than knowing that these have invaded our reader’s home in great numbers, we do not know anything else about them.

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The Green Tomato Worm and its Distribution

“Can you tell me if Green Tomato worms can be found around Oklahoma?” asks this reader in her submission. She does not attach any photos, though she notes that she lives in Washington County. “I would like to know if they do, so when I start my garden I can be prepared for them.” First off, we assume that by ‘green tomato worm’, our reader is referring to the tomato hornworm. If that is the case, it might be ample to provide some context. The tomato hornworm is a moth caterpillar which is indeed green in color, and which does feed on tomatoes, among other plants.

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Black-headed Worm-like Critters Swarming Fireplace are Inchworms

“What worm is this?”, asks this reader about the small, black-headed organism pictured below. “I live in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and I just found these little worms all over my fireplace. I’ve never seen them before. Some were inching along but there were also a number of them hanging from the fireplace from very thin threads (so thin I couldn’t see them).” Now, the key phrase here is “inching”, as that describes pretty well the creature we believe our reader is dealing with: an inchworm. Why they are called inchworms is because of the exact motion that our reader describes; they pull their bodies across a surface using legs located at the front and back of their bodies, thus forcing them to arch the middle of their bodies (which does not have any legs) and ‘inch’ forward. Likewise, they are able to generate a silk-like string from which they can quickly eject and hang on to as they jump off a surface, which is a defense mechanism they use to get away from predators.

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Light Brown, “Crunchy” Organisms Found in Laundry Hamper are Pupae

“What is this?” asks this reader about the light brown, ovate organism pictured below. “I live in Idaho and these weren’t there yesterday when I set my laundry hamper there on the dryer. But when I moved it, I then later noticed them. They are hard and crunchy. My assumption is that they are possibly eggs? I just want to know if it’s something I need to get taken care of. Thank you.” Based on the photo alone, we would say that these are probably not eggs: this object looks far too big to be an egg, and its brown coloration makes us think it is more likely that this is a pupa.

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Pink Worm Found on Sofa May be a Caterpillar

“I found this worm on my sofa”, states this reader in her submission regarding the segmented, pink worm-like organism pictured below. “It’s the third one I’ve found over the last month – all on the sofa. I am unsure if it’s from my dog (who lounges with us), or an infestation from another source. I’m including a picture for help! Thanks!” Based on the photo, we would say this is a caterpillar of some kind, meaning the larva of a butterfly or moth, though what species in particular we are not sure. We thought it could be a palm flower caterpillar, though the color of its head is darker than most palm flower caterpillars. Alternatively, we thought it might be a leafroller caterpillar, based on its shape and feature, though most leafroller caterpillars are not this pink, but more green.

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Dried, Dead Worms Found Next to Houseplant are Caterpillars

“I was wondering if you could ID some worms that came out of a houseplant”, states this reader in her submission regarding the brownish-red creature pictured below. “I came across your website and you guys do amazing work!”

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The Difference Between Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillars and Mopane Caterpillars

“Is the cabbage tree emperor worm the same as a mopane worm?” is all this reader asks in his submission. He does not attach any pictures, but we will provide ample description to make up for the lack of visual information.

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Segmented, Black Worm-like Critter with Spiky Rear and Huge Eyespots is Likely a Caterpillar

“What is this worm?” asks this reader about the segmented, black worm-like creature pictured below. “I can’t seem to find it on Google or anywhere. In another article, you described it as an intermediate hooded owlet moth caterpillar, but after examining the images it’s the same thing I found, and in person you can tell it’s not really a caterpillar.”

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Long-tailed, Black and White-striped Worms Found on Bathroom Floor are a Mystery

“Found about 10 of these on my bathroom floor”, states this reader about the black and white-striped worm-like creatures pictured below. “Less than a centimeter each.”

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Yellow and Red Worms Found on Flowers are Likely Caterpillars

“What type of worm is this and will I need to spray to get rid of them?” asks this reader about the yellow and red worm-like creature pictured below. “I bought flowers on a Friday evening and didn’t realize that little worms were all over them until Sunday when I found them crawling on my table.”

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Brown Worm-like Critter Found in Toilet Paper is a Pupa

This reader writes to us after finding “worms” in her toilet paper. The worm-like creature, pictured below, appears to be brown in color, and trapped under some sort of webbing.

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Tiny Black Worms Crawling Down Long Web String are Caterpillars

“I have tiny black worms that are crawling down a long web string”, reports this reader in Wollongong, Australia. “The string seems to be getting longer. It starts on my downlight and almost reaches the floor.”