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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 [...]

Dark Green, Glossy Bug Found on Watermelon Plant is a Brittle Bush Leaf Beetle Larva

"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. Continue reading [...]

‘How Do Earthworms Get Into Our Toilets?’ Wonders Reader After Finding One in His Bathroom

"I would like to know how [this worm] could have gotten in the toilet?" asks this reader in Medway, Kent, who found this worm in his upstairs toilet. The worm looks to be thin and long, with a pink-brown body and no obvious appendages or bristles. Continue reading [...]

Black, Segmented Worms Found on Golf Course are Millipedes

"I found a bunch of these worms on a golf course green. Can you tell me what they are?" asks this reader, who sent in a lovely photograph of a tiny, segmented creature. The creature is black in color, with a long, tubular body, and looks like a millipede. Continue reading [...]

Maggot-like Creature Found in Dining Room Window is a Root Weevil Larva

"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. 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 [...]
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