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Quick: What Critter Eats Styrofoam?

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick question: What critter can chew and digest Styrofoam? Drum roll...Time's up... If you answered "mealworms"--or the larval form of the darkling beetle, family Tenebrionidae--that's correct. And if you visit the UC Davis Bohart...

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM
 
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