Scientists recently discovered wax worms can eat what? – 2017


Scientists recently discovered wax worms can eat what?

Plastic bags

You know that plastic shopping bag full of plastic shopping bags that every home seems to have? Or have you ever seen the recycling stations at your local grocer? Soon, these options may not be your only choices for keeping plastic bags out of landfills. Scientists recently found out wax worms can chew sizable holes into a plastic shopping bag within as little as 40 minutes. Developmental biologist Federica Bertocchini first made her hypothesis while cleaning out her beehives. After she placed some wax worms in a plastic bag, she saw the holes. From there, she teamed up with other scientists to investigate. But don’t get your hopes up just yet. The researchers found 100 worms take almost a month to eat an average-sized bag. Source: National Geographic

Waxworms are the caterpillar larvae of wax moths, which belong to the snout moth family (Pyralidae). Two closely related species are commercially bred – the lesser wax moth (Achroia grisella) and the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). They belong to the tribe Galleriini in the snout moth subfamily Galleriinae.

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