Wood Boring Worms Look Like Tiny Evil Aliens

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