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Green Paddle Worms Found on Beach in La Paz, Mexico

One of our readers recently sent in a video from the beaches of La Paz, Mexico of a cluster of worms he discovered. He states that the worms vary in size, but estimates that the largest of them are "about the length of a toothpick" and about half the diameter of one. Continue reading [...]

Minuscule Worms on Desk in Alabama are Flea Larvae

Recently, one of our reader's in Alabama sent in this picture of a tiny worm she found on her desk that her cat sleeps on. She found four of the same type in one day, which appear to be translucent in color, with a black stripe on the inside that runs the length of their bodies. In comparison to the strands of hair on the picture, this worm is minuscule in size. Continue reading [...]

Pink Worm in Phoenix is a Palm Flower Caterpillar

A reader of ours from Phoenix, Arizona recently sent in this image of a species of worm she has been finding once a day, in or near her hall bathroom. The worm appears pink in color, with a white underside, and is segmented with multiple sets of legs. Continue reading [...]

Getting A Worm Infestation Abroad and How To Deal With It

A woman wrote to us about getting infested with horsehair worms while visiting Costa Rica, and wanted advice on how to permanently rid herself of them. Continue reading [...]

Outrageous Infestation of Small Brown Worms Are Millipedes!

A reader concerned about an "outrageous infestation" of small brown worms outside her home sent in this image below of a small worm with a triangular tipped tail and a brown, ridged body. Continue reading [...]

To Identify Your Larva, Let it Grow!

We get a lot of inquiries from readers wanting identification of (not-so) creepy crawlies, and we do our best to answer these. To do this we use information such as the geographic location in which the animal was found, what food sources are readily available to the animal, whether it was found indoors or outdoors, and what it looks like. However, much of the time we are offering our very best educated guesses, because so many larva and caterpillars look alike. This is not surprising, as current estimates state that there are between 2 million and 30 million species of insect and approximately 75% of those go through a larval stage. This means that there are between 1.5 million and 22.5 million different caterpillars and larvae out there. So, some of these are bound to look alike. Identification is further complicated by the fact that many larva go through several instars (or phases), and a single animal may look quite different over time. Continue reading [...]
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