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Clear Worm On Mattress Sticker May Be a Flea Larva

One of our readers sent in this photo of a translucent worm found beside her bed on her mattress sticker. She hopes to identify the creature, which appears to be transparent in color, with a body segmented into separate bulbous parts and a blackish-brown inside, as well as two cerci at its tail. Continue reading [...]

“Tiny Black Thing”: Worm or Something Else?

One of our readers has been dealing with some sort of infestation for months, but she hasn't been able to find any bugs or worms. She does find "tiny black things" and has been cleaning, doing laundry, and vacuuming nonstop trying to get rid of them. Continue reading [...]
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Tamilok: Shipworm, Sea Termite, or Delicacy?

This mysterious specimen is known as Tamilok in the Philippines, and it is considered a delicacy in some places. Tamilok are also known by a few other names: shipworms, mangrove snakes, Teredo worms, and sea termites. These specimens are not worms or snakes though, they are mollusks, a.k.a saltwater clams! Continue reading [...]

What Did Reader Find in Washing Machine?

We received a very interesting message from one of our readers. She wrote us on behalf of her friend, who discovered something odd in her washing machine. Continue reading [...]

Mysterious Worms That Love Plastic Storage Containers

One of our readers has found some odd worm-like organisms around her home. Unfortunately, we don't know what she is dealing with. Continue reading [...]

Ragworms May Be Planting Gardens so They Can Enjoy the Harvests

Every gardener has seen worms and larvae living alongside their plants. Unfortunately, most gardeners have also had to deal with the little critters eating those same plants. However, very few of us have seen worms that plant their own gardens. That is exactly what a research team headed by Zhenchang Zhu discovered when studying the ragworm (Hediste diversicolor). They described their findings in the December, 2016 article entitled Sprouting as a Gardening Strategy to Obtain Superior Supplementary Food: Evidence from a Seed-Caching Marine Worm that was published in the journal Ecology. Ragworms live in the ocean and have been previously admired for their effective food gathering methods. While remaining safe in their dens, ragworms spread webs made of mucus across the dens’ openings. Continue reading [...]
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