Wood Boring Worms Look Like Tiny Evil Aliens

Kev was splitting wood today, when he stopped to bring me something he’d found. To back up for a moment, if you have a wood-burning stove then you may have noticed how certain woods — in this case, mesquite — can have these weird “tunnels” bored through them.  I had never given what caused them a second thought … until today.

This freaky little creature, the larvae of the Metallic Wood Boring Beetle, is the culprit.

click to enlarge; via Urban Rancher / TAMU

The Wood Boring Beetle Larva reminds me a little too much of this alien.

image of the Alien

Perhaps they are distant cousins. =P

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2 replies

  1. Just make sure not to bring Kev inside if he’s got a facehugger on him that jumped out of a woodpile. 😉 But then, you’ve got snakes that are just as problematic.