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Could This Tiny Bug Help Solve Our Big Plastic Bag Problem?

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A wiggly, ravenous caterpillar — one that doesn't limit its diet to naturally grown objects — can biodegrade plastic bags, a material infamous for the amount of time it takes to decompose. The 1-inch-long (3 centimeters) wax worm, also known as the honey worm caterpillar (Galleria mellonella), is no stranger to unconventional meals. It's usually found in beehives, munching away on waxy, goo-drenched honeycombs, the researchers said. Now, through a serendipitous discovery, it's clear that wax worms can also decompose polyethylene, a thin but tough plastic that is used across various industries, including in shopping bags and food packaging.

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