Wood Boring Worms Look Like Tiny Evil Aliens

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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.

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click to enlarge; via Urban Rancher / TAMU

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

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image of the Alien

Perhaps they are distant cousins. =P

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-confessed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area ... or not.

2 Comments on "Wood Boring Worms Look Like Tiny Evil Aliens"

  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.

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