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Spiky, Black Worm-like Insect on T-Shirt is an Immature Caterpillar

“I found this worm-like insect on my t-shirt” says this reader about the black, spiky creature in the photo below. Although our reader provides no more context than this, we will do our best to identify the creature, or at the very least provide some helpful tips regarding the discovery of worm-like creatures such as this one.

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Glossy, Black, Segmented Worm-like Creature with Pincers is a Beetle Larva

“I saw this worm in the den on the carpet at my parents house” says this reader about the black, segmented worm-like creature pictured below. Our reader, who is based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, asks if we can tell him what it is.

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Black, Segmented Worm is an Intermediate Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar

Photographs of a worm was taken by this reader, who asks what it might be. The worm in question is black in color, with ridges that segment its body. It also appears to be have thin appendages that protrude from one end of its body.

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Green Dock Beetle Larvae Crawl Up the Walls of this Man’s Home

Multiple black worms were found crawling up the walls in the home of this concerned man. The worms appear to have segmented bodies, with six legs near their bulbous heads.

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Fat Black Larvae in RV

A reader wrote to us recently about some plump black larvae he has been finding in his RV after a water leak. At first he only found the larvae under his trashcan, but he has since spotted them in other parts of his RV – “on the bathroom floor and the carpet and around the seams where carpet stops.” We are pretty certain our reader is finding black soldier fly larvae, but that only addresses the first of his three questions. He is also wondering why the larvae are in his RV, and also how to get rid of them.

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Black and Gray Larvae that Bite

A reader in Arizona wrote to us about a black and gray larva that crawled into her bed and bit her on the hand. Naturally, this concerned her, and she is trying to figure out what she found. The larva, which is about a half an inch (one centimeter) in length, was a bit menacing in that even after the reader removed it from her hand, it started crawling back toward her, and it was only when she shined light on that it backed away. What type of black and gray larvae might crawl into your bed and bite you?