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PostSubject: Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leaves behind antifreeze   Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:21 am

The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags.



Scientist Federica Bertocchini of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain first noticed the wax worms’ plastic-eating skills when she was cleaning up a wax worm infestation in one of the beehives she keeps at home. She put the worms in a plastic bag, tied it closed, and put the bag in a room of her house while she finished cleaning the hive. When she returned to the room, “they were everywhere,” Bertocchini said in a statement. They’d escaped by chewing their way out of the bag, and fast.

https://qz.com/967215/scientists-have-discovered-a-worm-that-eats-plastic-bags-and-leave-behind-antifreeze/?utm_source&google_editors_picks=true
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