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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Small Catepillar-like Larve (whitish/yellowish)


Saw a post about small catepillar-like larve in a bathroom sink in UK.  I live in Hudson Valley of New York and recently found very small larve, catepillar type, skinny, with a brown dot at one end,  attached to my kitchen ceiling.  I had been away a week and they were there when I arrived home.  I disposed of the dozen or so and now 3 days later, there are more.  Sorry, I didn't think to send a picture.)  They move like catepillar and I'd like to know what they are and how they are getting on my kitchen ceiling.   We are currently under a stink bug invasion due to time of year, but a search of stages of development of stink bugs doesn't show me anything like what I am seeing.  Appreciate your input.


I'm sorry, but insect larvae are virtually impossible to identify without at least a clear image of a specimen, or ideally the specimen itself.

Several possibilities come to mind, but the most probable is some kind of caterpillar of a meal moth or clothes moth.  Try comparing to images at this web site:

If you find a possible match, "Google" the scientific name to get more information that can confirm or refute your suspicions.

I would go through the pantry and look for infested products, then discard them.  Many products can be infested even before they get shipped to the grocery store, so finding a box of bug larvae doesn't mean they originated in your home.

Store vulnerable foodstuffs (including dry pet food) in glass, metal, or durable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent future infestations.

Hope this helps.


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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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