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Black, Thin Worms Found In and On Body: Medical Consultation Advised

“I have black, thin worms and clear ones all over and in my body”, writes this reader in their submission regarding the white organism pictured below. “Can you help me identify these? The doctors say they are not there. There are also long thin clear white ones. Thank you so much.” Right off the bat, we will need to inform our reader that we will unfortunately not be able to identify these worms. The reason for this is because they have explicitly stated that they have been found inside her body and that they have consulted a doctor about them. As such, we have to assume that this situation is potentially medical in nature, and because we are not medical professionals, we are thus neither qualified nor legally able to identify such worms.

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Clear, Yellowish Worm on Dog is a Flea Larva

“I read an article about a little white worm, but the person who posed the question didn’t include a picture”, writes this reader in her submission, attaching a picture of a little white worm herself. “The description matched a worm I recently found. Location: St. Louis, Missouri. My dog is on normal flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, but I discovered a very tiny and thin, white worm on the surface of her fur. We had just been outside in the grass. I assume she picked it up from there. Here are a few photos of what the worm looks like. It’s not very long, but if it crawls, it can stretch itself out to a little over half an inch. If it stays still and doesn’t move, it is half a centimeter. I hope the pictures are good enough. It was hard to focus the camera. Appreciate any insight! Thank You!”

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Long Dead Worms Found in Florida Could be Millipedes

“I am finding these dead worms on the pavement and on the exterior wall of my home”, states this reader about the long, black, mangled-looking organism pictured below. “They range in size from 1/2” to 1 ½”. I live in southeast Florida. Thank you.” To start with, we want to thank him for the fantastic photo he provided: it really helps us identify the organism quicker. That said, since this worm looks so dried-out and mangled, we cannot identify this worm with 100% certainty, given the state of its body: we cannot assume that this is what it looked like when it was alive.

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Brown “Rice-shaped” Organisms are Pupae

“Does anyone know what these brown rice-shaped casings are?” is all this reader asks in her submission regarding the ovate object pictured below. Well, to start with, we want to commend our reader on the excellent photo she has taken: it truly makes things easier when we try to identify the organisms our readers are asking about. When it comes to this particular organism, or potential “casing”, we would say this looks like a pupa. The pupal stage is the third one in an insect’s life cycle: the first being the egg stage, the second being the larval stage, and the third and final being the adult stage (when they have matured into a fully-formed insect, like a moth or a fly).

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Dried-up Worms on Patio Could be Euonymus Caterpillars

“My patio furniture and patio has several of these dried up worms and what looks like excrement everywhere”, states this reader concerning the dark green organism with black spots pictured below. “We have a pretty dense canopy of trees but I have never seen this before. Could you help me identify the worm and tell me if this is indeed worm excrement? Thank you.” Firstly, we think that the worms our reader has been finding are caterpillars: the organism’s bulbous head, prolegs, and coloration all point to this fact. That said, the coloration is a bit off: the blackish part of its body almost looks like it has been burnt, and the greener part at its rear suggests it used to be a much more vibrant green. Maybe this is a result of the caterpillar drying out as our reader suggested.

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Worm Moving Under Frozen Lake Resembles a Tube Worm

“I have rediscovered this worm-like mystery from a few years ago and thought maybe you could help!” states this reader in her submission regarding the long, brownish worm-like organism pictured below. “We live in Germany and we’re walking by a lake on a cold day in February when we spotted this creature under the ice; it was wriggling and moving and most definitely alive. Any ideas? Thank you!” Firstly, we must say that this worm is very odd-looking: we have never seen a worm with these markings, not to mention the bursting, bush-like thing at one end of its body. Secondly, we also have to point out the mysterious circumstances under which our reader discovered the worm; it is not every day you find a worm in a frozen lake.

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Gray Worm-like Critter Found in Shower is a Drain Fly Larva

“What type of worm or larva is this?” asks this reader about the dark gray worm-like creature pictured below. “Found in the shower. Location in northern Alabama. Thanks!” To start with, we want to thank our reader for taking such a clear picture: it really helps us get a quick grasp on what the organism might be. In this case, we think this is probably a drain fly larva. Not only does its physical characteristics match that of a drain fly larva, but the location in which it was found also makes sense. As their name suggests, drain fly larvae are usually found in drains. This is because the mother fly will lay her eggs there, specifically on the thin film that forms in drains that are not regularly cleaned.

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Black Worms Surfacing from Houseplant Look Like Blind Snakes

“I found these strange, wriggly guys next to my indoor houseplant that I had watered earlier that day”, states this reader in her submission regarding the long, black worm-like creatures pictured below. “They were squirming around outside of the pot. When I looked in the soil, I saw a few more moving around – maybe brought to the surface after the watering? (For size reference they are on a Kleenex and maybe 1-2 inches long.) My plant group and Reddit are both stumped as to what they are! Sorry for the terrible quality but any ideas would be welcome! I’m located in Toronto, Canada. Thank you!”

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Black Worm-like Critters Swarming Property are Millipedes

“There is an infestation of these little worm-type creatures around the walk and foundation of my home in East Central South Dakota”, states this reader in her submission regarding the curled-up, black worm-like creature pictured below. “Any idea what they might be, or how to get rid of them?” Based on the photo, as well as the fact that these have been infesting the area around our reader’s home, we think this creature is a millipede. These critters are arthropods, meaning they have exoskeletons that protect a segmented body. Millipedes are detritivores, meaning they feed on decomposing organic matter, unlike their cousin the centipede, which is a predator that feeds on little bugs.

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Pink and Brown Worm Found by Flower Bed is an Earthworm

“Please help me identify this ‘worm?’” requests this reader in her submission regarding the pink and brown worm-like organism pictured below. “I live in McKinney, TX and found this guy on a paver in our front garden/flower beds. Unfortunately it was too far gone to save, but I wasn’t even sure I should try! I need to know in case I find another one like it. Is it a good guy or bad guy? Background info: Our property has a lot of millipedes and a few which could be centipedes. (I haven’t bothered about them.) We see very few earthworms and are even considering purchasing some. We do not use general insecticides and never use professional companies. Our natural soil is clay. We’ve added soil for planting and good mulch on top. Your help is appreciated.”

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Long, Brown Worm in Toilet is a Flatworm

“I found this worm wriggling in my clean toilet bowl”, states this reader about the darkly-colored organism pictured below. “It is about 6-inches long, brown, with thin rounded ends, but appears to have a flat body. What is it, please?” The photo she provides does not lend us much detail: when zooming in, the organism becomes merely blurry, which speaks to the low resolution of the photo. That always makes it harder to identify an organism, as its physical characteristics are the number one giveaway for its species. That said, based on the description our reader gave us, we would conclude that this is some type of flatworm.

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Horde of Black Organisms Swarming Rocks and Trees Could be Aphids

“Are these worms in this tree and this black stuff on a rock wall?” asks this reader about the mass of organisms pictured below. “It is from Mansfield, Ohio. Thank you for your time!” Based on the photo, this is nothing we think we have encountered before. The black organisms on the rock do not necessarily look like worms to us, and we cannot make out what organisms we are supposed to be looking at on the tree. Upon zooming in on the photo of the rock, it looks like the organisms could possess wings. That said, the photo makes it difficult to see the details of the organisms’ bodies, so this is merely an educated guess. In any case, we think these could be black bean aphids (otherwise known as blackflies). Usually, they are found swarming plants that they suck the sap from.

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Translucent Worm-like Creature with Pointy Rear is a Fly Larva

“What is this?” asks this reader about the semi-transparent worm-like organism pictured below. “I was in my house and it was on the back of my neck. I have pets and I am disgusted.” Based on the shape and features of this creature, we would say that it is definitely an insect larva of some kind, though what species in particular we are not sure. The black tip and tapered shape of its body reminds us of a black soldier fly larvae, yet the transparent nature of its skin suggests otherwise. Based on that, we would say it is likely that it is some kind of fly larva.

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Tan Bugs in Toilet are Beetle Larvae

“Attached is a picture of the small tan insects that have a worm-like body, six legs and a black head”, states this reader in his submission regarding the organism pictured below. “They were floating in the toilet this morning and there is an exhaust fan directly above the toilet and may be the source of where they came from. Thanks.” Based on the photo, we think these are beetle larvae of some kind, as they typically have legs even at the larval stage. That said, we do not know exactly which species they belong to, but, in any case, beetle larvae are not harmful to humans or pets, so our reader need not worry about that.

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Glossy White Worm with Red Splotches is a Mystery

“What type of larva is this?” is all this reader writes in her submission regarding the creature pictured below. Unfortunately, the picture is very blurry, and from what we can tell, the organism has a very irregular shape. The bulbous, dark-colored sphere in the center of its body looks like it could be a head, though, of course, the placement is entirely wrong. We suppose that the larva might be curled in on itself, but even in that case, it is difficult to pinpoint its identity with no context. This is because a larva with a white body and a reddish-brown head is as common of a description of a larva one could provide: it could belong to any number of insect species.

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Circle of Worms Writhing Over Each Other in Driveway are Fungus Gnat Larvae

“What kind of worm moves together in a braided type circle?” asks this reader in her submission concerning the horde of worms pictured below. “This was found on my driveway in North Myrtle Beach, SC.” We have to say, this is one of the most fascinating submissions we have received from a reader. Especially when looking at the video she sent in (linked below), which shows how the worms writhe and slither over each other in this circle. The act of going round and round in circles is odd, but the pile-up of worms is not for this species of fly, namely the fungus gnat (or ‘sciarid fly’).

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Translucent Worms in Sink are Flea Larva

A translucent, “really small” worm-like creature was found by this reader in her home. She states they were “mostly seen in the bathroom sink”, and thus asks if they are ” possibly sink worms?” The worm in question is pictured below. One can see its near transparency, and the dark entrails visible through its skin. Our reader does not clarify how many of these she has found in her home, and what other places she has discovered them in. Nonetheless, we have come across this critter so many times that we can identify it merely by the picture provided: this is a flea larva.

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Long, Red Worm Found in Bathroom After Leak is Either an Earthworm or Bloodworm

“I found this in my bathroom where the water is leaking from the water sprayer”, states this reader in her submission regarding the long, red worm-like organism pictured below. “When I was cleaning the bathroom I found the first one. I asked my family to get rid of it because, frankly, I can’t stand worms or insects anyways. They did get rid of it and I thought that this was over with, but apparently not because today I found another one in the exact same place. I am so very concerned as to where it came from. Any help you could provide would be very much appreciated. I’m from Iraq. I don’t know if my country has any factors that could lead up to this, but just in case you needed that info. Thank you in advance.

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Thin, Yellow Worm Could be a Canary Worm

“Can you tell me what kind of worm this is?” is all this reader asks in her submission regarding the long, yellow worm-like creature pictured below. Without any context as to the location it was discovered and to the concerns our reader might have with its discovery, it becomes very difficult to identify the organisms unless they are ones we commonly see and can identify solely by sight. Unfortunately, this is not a worm we have seen before (as far as we know), and so we will not be able to give a concrete identification. That said, we can still provide some educated guesses.

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Reddish-brown Larvae Coming from Nail Holes in Wall Could be Wood-eating Insects

This reader has been finding “brown larvae coming out of a nail hole on the interior wall of his house in the mountains of Colorado.” The picture below depicts the creatures, which, according to our reader, are “about 1/4-inch long, reddish brown, and spiny.” So far, he has found a “total” of “about six in the area.” He does not pose a question, per say, but we assume he wants to know what these are. Unfortunately, the picture he sent is of really low resolution, so when we zoom in on the photo to get a closer look at the larvae, the photo becomes blurry and so we are unable to see the details of the creatures’ physical characteristics. This makes it much harder to provide an identification.