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“Feather-looking Wormy Thing” May Be a Caterpillar, or Just a Feather

"Can you please help me identify this black (sometimes white) feather looking wormy thing that moves when I uncover it?" asks this reader in her query. From the photos our reader sent us, there seems to be what looks like a gray feather, and a small, ovate organism-looking piece of matter that our reader states may be the same organism at a different stage of its life cycle. Continue reading [...]

Cream Colored, Tailed Worm in Toilet is a Rat-tailed Maggot

"What is this worm?" asks our reader about this cream-colored creature she put in a glass jar. The creature looks to be an ovate shape, with a thin tail emerging from one end of its body. Continue reading [...]

Small Cream Colored Worms Show Up in the Mornings on this Woman’s Patio

"Small, cream colored worms" have been found by this reader on the concrete on her patio in the mornings. She does not know where they are coming from and thanks us for any insight we can give into why they are showing up and how she can get rid of them. Continue reading [...]

Brown, Stick-like Worm Found on Deck is a Stick Caterpillar

"I found this thing on my back deck on some rugs I took out to shake," says this reader about the long, brown object in the photograph below. Our reader says that "it had split at the darker end" but that it is "tubular at the other end." Continue reading [...]

Striped Worms Found in Air Vent are Wireworms and One Lonesome Carpet Beetle Larva

"What are these?" asks this reader of the creatures he found in an air vent where an old chimney used to be. From the pictures our reader sent us, there seem to be different creatures, one of which is a yellow, segmented, worm-like creature, while the other is a brown-striped, bristly bug of sorts. Continue reading [...]

Caterpillar-like Creatures on Plant are Dogwood Sawfly Larvae

"What are these caterpillars collected in Western North Carolina on pagoda dogwood in mid August?" asks this reader of the creatures in the photograph below. The critters, as we can see, are black and yellow in color, with clear segments divided by gray lines and multiple legs on the underside of their bodies. Continue reading [...]
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