“What type of worm or bug is this?” asks this reader in her query concerning the brown and white, speckled bug in the photograph below. Our reader found it on top of her bed cover, and we will do our best to identify this critter for our reader.
“What is this?” asks this reader about the white, segmented creature she found in the very bottom of her Vermicompost bin. She thinks it may be some kind of beetle larva, but nonetheless wants our help identifying it.
“I saw this worm in the den on the carpet at my parents house” says this reader about the black, segmented worm-like creature pictured below. Our reader, who is based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, asks if we can tell him what it is.
“I found this bug that apparently got stuck on the tape and died as it is not moving,” says this reader in Buffalo, New York. “I think it might be a […] black blister beetle but I’m not certain so I was hoping that you could help.”
“I found this bug (and a few of its friends) on a watermelon plant today” says this reader about the dark green caterpillar-like creature photographed below. She wonders if this is a roly poly larva, and asks if she will need to relocate the bugs or if they are okay to stay in her garden.
“I have found the attached maggot/worm in my dining room in front of a large window,” writes this reader in southern Ontario. The maggot appears to be a creamy-white color, with a brown head and no legs.
“Can you help me identify this worm found on my puppy’s paw after going outside?” this reader asks of this white, larva-looking critter crawling around on the floor in a video she sent in with her query. Her puppy recently had a tapeworm and so our reader is understandably “freaking out”.
Worms of approximately 1/2-inch long were found in a large mass in the moist mulch of this reader’s garden in Earlyville, Virginia. The worms in question are a clear white color, with dark markings along their bodies, and a bulbous brown mass on either end of their bodies.
One of our readers might be dealing with powderpost beetles and their larvae in her home. We recommend she begin by locating the wood that they are inhabiting, and then start the process of saying goodbye to the pests.
A female reader wrote to use having found a critter in her bed. Typically, when we get a letter about a creature in someone’s bed, it turns out to be a carpet beetle larva. So, imagine our surprise when this one wasn’t.
A reader just sent us this photo of a cream-colored specimen that he found on a slate patio in a New York City. It had recently rained when he discovered this creature near his dog. His description is great, so we will include it here: “It’s white with a brown ‘face.’ It looks like it has several antennae at the front end. Although it’s a pearly white, its rear 25% looks like it contains something dark or black. It ambulates quite nicely.”
A reader from California contacted us about some cottonwood trees he planted outside of his apartment building. He planted these trees several years ago, but is just now beginning to notice some damage to the trees. After doing some research on the problem he believes the issue might be cottonwood borers. Although he has never seen any of these creatures, he has seen some evidence of their molting. For those who are curious, molting is shedding old skin, hair, or feathers to make room for new growth. Finally, he found a living organism while breaking up some branches. He sent us a photo of the creature he discovered and requested any information we can provide.
One of our dedicated readers just wrote to us about some larvae he discovered while redoing his roof. He was replacing the old thatch with new thatch, and in doing so discovered some creatures in the old thatch. He described them as having a 25 mm light brown body with dark brown head and tail segments.