We received the picture featured above accompanied by the question “What is this?”
Often times a photograph makes it simple to identify a worm, but sometimes even with a photo it can be difficult. In this case, the photo isn’t clear and it doesn’t provide any clues about the size of the worm. Finally, our reader didn’t mention where she found the worm, any of its characteristics, or reveal any other information about it.
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Without more details, we can only speculate on what this worm might be. The tear-drop shape suggests it might be a black soldier fly larva, but these larvae are brown or black, not red. This could also be a carpet beetle larva, but we would need a clearer image or more information to confirm this. For example, if our reader has found many of these in a carpeted area, then it is likely a carpet beetle larva. Without more information, we believe this is some sort of larva, but we cannot specify which type.
If our reader is anxious for an answer, we invite her to follow up with some details about this creature, or supply a better image.
To summarize, a reader sent us a picture and asked us to identify the specimen in it. We were unable to do so, but we believe it is some type of larva.
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