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Creatures on Dubai Beach Offer Little Identifying Information

Today, we’re addressing a question from a reader in Dubai. She writes because she has found some creatures on the beach, and she’s wondering if they are worms. She adds that it is the first time she has seem such critters there, and she has included a picture. Continue reading [...]

Tiny Black “Worms” are Actually Millipedes

We have received a question from a reader who would like help identifying the worms, or worm-like beings, that are crawling on the outside of his house after rain. He has included a photograph of the creature next to a quarter for a sense of scale. If we do to identify the critter, our reader would like some advice as to how to get them to go away. Continue reading [...]

Clear Specimen Discovered in Toilet

We recently received a picture taken by a reader via our Facebook page. She wrote that the item in the photo appeared after she flushed her toilet. She thinks it might be some sort of plant or a worm. The sudden appearance of this freaked her out, and she wonders what it might be. Continue reading [...]

Microscopic Creature Could be a Woodboring Beetle

We just got a photo from a reader with the following description, “it seems to be microscopic, eats wood like a termite, and the needle nose a the from is some type of saw. It presents itself in the shower/laundry/kitchen areas, and at first I thought it was mold. It is very irritating to the skin and hair. Please identify this.” Continue reading [...]

Acorn Weevil Larvae Cause Empty Acorns

We just received an unclear message from one of our readers. He wrote to us: most of the acorns have a small hole and the acorns are empty. We aren’t confident we know what he is asking, but we think he might be curious about what would cause a small hole in an acorn and then eat the inside of the nut. If this is not what he wanted to know, we encourage him to write us again with a more precise question. Continue reading [...]

Large Brown Creature with White Stripe and Appendages

A reader sent us a photo and asked us to identify the creature in it. After glancing at the photo we are quite sure that it isn’t a worm, but perhaps a caterpillar or a different insect. We will do our best to solve this mystery! The creature appears to be several inches long, lined with either bristles or legs, and with antenna or pinchers at its anterior end. The organism has a patterned back that is segmented into about 10 sections with an extended head. The pattern is made up of a white stripe running down the length of its dark brown back. Although our reader has provided an excellent image, we are stumped as to what this could be. We think it could be an underwing caterpillar. These caterpillars are often segmented and have a similar shape and texture to the specimen in question. Continue reading [...]
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