What is this worm inside a flat shell?
August 9, 2009 11:47 PM Subscribe
Google isn't helping me find out what this bug is, mostly because I don't know what on earth to search for! Found in LA, it's a half inch flat greenish grey thing that seems to be a casing or pod, with a tiny red and black worm poking out the end and pulling it along...
posted by crabintheocean to science & nature (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This bug just showed up on the inside of some white curtains in Los Angeles. It was hanging by the worm part and pulling itself up. The worm section can retreat all the way inside the shell. The shell is very flat, slightly iridescent, and has a tiny hole at both ends.
Here's a video
of it doing its thing across a paper towel. The color is off, it's a greenish grey with a black worm with a red head.
Can anyone help me ID? I have it in a jar now, so I can answer questions. What is it, and what is it going to turn into? Is it some kind of larval or pupal stage...