Worm hole

This evening I was summoned to the guest bathroom by Naomi, and when I got there, she said, “I said, bring the camera”, so I said, “oh”, and went to look for the camera and went back to the guest bathroom, and only then did it occur to me to ask, “why you want camera for?”

Naomi pointed at a bathroom tile, and it was a good thing I saw the thing before I formed the thought that maybe she had wanted me to take a picture of the tile so we can go to a tile shop and compare tile designs because we do that kind of thing very often you know?

The ‘thing’ was something that was wriggling partially out of a 1cm long cocoon-like thing, so it was definitely some kind of worm or larvae, but we weren’t sure if the cocoon-like thing was part of it or whether it had picked the scrap up from the rotted wood at the base of the bathroom door (yes, we live in quite an old place). So, we did what Naomi thought best to do – observe it and flimm it with the camera.

So we flimmed it wriggling out of one opening on one end of the cocoon-like thing, then it went back inside and wriggled a little out of the other end. It looked a bit indecisive like that, but then, it’s a worm or a larvae so you can excuse it for being in two minds even though you can’t really say they have minds.

It eventually wriggled its way to a cranny in the door frame and it looked like it had abandoned it’s armour and wriggled off. So I picked up the cocoon-like thing for us to examine it a little closer, only for the worm/larvae to pop out one end again, causing Naomi to scream and scare the bejeezus out of me, causing me to drop the cocoon-like thing and its occupant onto the bathroom shelf, where it wriggled long enough for us to flimm it some more.


The thing

But all thoughts of taking a closer look and finding out exactly what the worm/larvae and its cocoon-like cocoon were washed down, literally, when worm/larvae, cocoon and all tumbled down the sink, when the pilot worm/larvae wriggled off the shelf.

Because of that D’oh! moment, we’re wondering if any of you can tell us what the hell the thing and its cocoon are. Or was.


Last moments of the thing

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  1. It’s a household casebearer a.k.a. plaster bagworm (Phereoeca uterella; Lepidoptera: Tineidae), usually found in corners and crevices where they feed on old spider webs. It does have a more sinister cousin that looks almost identical, the clothes moth larvae, that feeds on animal by-products such as wool and furs (adopting its casing colour from whatever its feeding on, is only open ended on one side, and rarely wriggles around as much as your little guy).

    Has everyone fallen asleep reading the above paragraph yet?

  2. It’s a household casebearer a.k.a. plaster bagworm (Phereoeca uterella; Lepidoptera: Tineidae), usually found in corners and crevices where they feed on old spider webs. It does have a more sinister cousin that looks almost identical, the clothes moth larvae, that feeds on animal by-products such as wool and furs (adopting its casing colour from whatever its feeding on, is only open ended on one side, and rarely wriggles around as much as your little guy).

    Has everyone fallen asleep reading the above paragraph yet?

  3. Hi, have you heard anything about a missile defense test today? This morning (~9:45) I heard a roar and watched four jet clouds (contrails) fly over NTU headed southeast. Three were in parallel and a smaller one was in between two of them. Eventually the fourth one caught up and smoke from all four disappeared. There’s also been a lot of fighter aircraft activity up here and they usually do that on overcast days instead of clear days like today. A missile defense test is a big deal isn’t it? ie when the N. Koreans do it everyone freaks out etc.

    Just curious if you know where I can ask around to see if anyone else knows anything. I sent email to channel news asia but I really didn’t expect a response

  4. Hi, have you heard anything about a missile defense test today? This morning (~9:45) I heard a roar and watched four jet clouds (contrails) fly over NTU headed southeast. Three were in parallel and a smaller one was in between two of them. Eventually the fourth one caught up and smoke from all four disappeared. There’s also been a lot of fighter aircraft activity up here and they usually do that on overcast days instead of clear days like today. A missile defense test is a big deal isn’t it? ie when the N. Koreans do it everyone freaks out etc.

    Just curious if you know where I can ask around to see if anyone else knows anything. I sent email to channel news asia but I really didn’t expect a response

  5. Hey, I get them in my bathroom too! And I’ve been wondering what they were.

    If you check the corners, like behind water pipes, you’ll see the bunch of them “hanging around” and chilling … yucks!

  6. Hey, I get them in my bathroom too! And I’ve been wondering what they were.

    If you check the corners, like behind water pipes, you’ll see the bunch of them “hanging around” and chilling … yucks!

  7. Thank you! I had one of those also and couldn’t figure out how to research it online. It had better be one of those because I am a knitter and if it were a yarn eating moth larvae, I would have escorted it outside!!

  8. Thank you! I had one of those also and couldn’t figure out how to research it online. It had better be one of those because I am a knitter and if it were a yarn eating moth larvae, I would have escorted it outside!!

  9. yeh. great info. But it came a lil’ too late. I’ve got those in my rented room back when i was in JB. Damn things wriggle like its nobody’s business. LOADS of em!

  10. yeh. great info. But it came a lil’ too late. I’ve got those in my rented room back when i was in JB. Damn things wriggle like its nobody’s business. LOADS of em!

  11. MOSQUITO LARVAE!!!!

    DENGUE!!!!

    Da da daaaaaaaa *cue menacing music*

    *tsk tsk* You should have squashed it with a bedroom slipper.

  12. MOSQUITO LARVAE!!!!

    DENGUE!!!!

    Da da daaaaaaaa *cue menacing music*

    *tsk tsk* You should have squashed it with a bedroom slipper.

  13. Finally… after years of wondering, I know what these creepy critters are. I’ve found some shell with the larvae gone – ie, the shell of the nymph stage left stuck to the opening of the shell. The full grown insect looks like silver fish. Equally creepy. I flush all shells I find down the toilet 😛

  14. Finally… after years of wondering, I know what these creepy critters are. I’ve found some shell with the larvae gone – ie, the shell of the nymph stage left stuck to the opening of the shell. The full grown insect looks like silver fish. Equally creepy. I flush all shells I find down the toilet 😛

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  16. AAHHHH! i just caused swamped by them – they are everywhere! my bathroom, floorboard near my bed, on my wall…

    heard they're feeding on cob-webs – so get clean!

  17. AAHHHH! i just caused swamped by them – they are everywhere! my bathroom, floorboard near my bed, on my wall…

    heard they're feeding on cob-webs – so get clean!

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