White Worm that is Fat and Ugly could be Larva

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We just received a short message that reads, “white worm like an inch long, fat and ugly!” As this is the entire message, we assume that the writer is curious about a worm species that is white, fat, and ugly. Since there is no picture, we can only guess what organism they might be referring to. (The picture we have included in this post is a photo of a grub worm from a different article.)

Since she provided no other details, we are not sure if she is asking about a worm, caterpillar, larva, arthropod, or some other being. We also do not know what she means by “ugly” because worms aren’t often considered beautiful to begin with.


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We think she might be talking about maggots, which are the larvae of houseflies. Maggots are fat and white, but often smaller than an inch. Perhaps she has discovered a particularly large maggot.

Another potential fat and white worm could be a grub. Grubs are the larval form of beetles, and they are definitely not easy on the eyes. They have a large white body, and an orange head with three little legs on each side near the head.

Without more information, we can’t provide any other potential answers to our reader’s riddle. If curiosity is getting the best of our reader, we recommend she send us pictures or more details about the creature she wants to know more about!

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White Worm that is Fat and Ugly could be Larva
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We just received a short message that reads, “white worm like an inch long, fat and ugly!” As this is the entire message, we assume that the writer is curious about a worm species that is white, fat, and ugly. Since there is no picture, we can only guess what organism they might be referring to.
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