Did I Share My Apple With A Worm? Should I Worry?

One of our readers recently reached out to us in concern. She explained that she ate an entire apple before noticing a mysterious brown hole on the bottom. She thinks a worm was probably living in the apple and she wonders if it could make her sick, especially if there is a chance that she might have eaten it. Continue reading [...]

Worm In Toilet No Cause For Alarm

We think the creature our reader found in her toilet could be either a bloodworm or an earthworm. It is also possible that it is a different species entirely, but these are two of the most common worms found in toilets, and they share some resemblance to the organism our reader found. Continue reading [...]

Fuzzy Black Caterpillar Could Be Garden Tiger Moth Larvae

We believe the fuzzy black caterpillar that our reader sent us a photograph of is a Garden Tiger moth larva. These caterpillars are found all over the world and mature into stunning moths! Continue reading [...]

Southern Armyworm Caterpillars Munch on Zinnia Plant

A reader asked us about the worms she noticed on her zinnia plant. We believe the creatures are southern armyworm caterpillars. We have offered a few ways to protect her plants from these voracious eaters. Continue reading [...]

Bed Bugs Or Carpet Beetle Larvae?

We think the small brown organisms our reader noticed near his bed are carpet beetle larvae, not bed bugs. The trick to getting rid of carpet beetle larvae is to clean, clean, clean! Continue reading [...]

Caterpillar or Christmas Ornament? Meet the Spun Glass Slug Caterpillar

The spun glass caterpillar, known in the scientific community as Isochaetes beutenmuelleri, is found throughout the United States. These caterpillars are so delicate-looking with their intricate appendages that they might even be mistaken for Christmas ornaments if you saw them on an indoor festive tree rather than their preferred host plant, the swamp oak tree. Although beautiful, these caterpillars are quite dangerous. Continue reading [...]
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