These Very Hungry Caterpillars Can Eat Your Plastic Trash

Plastic drinking straws are some of the most common plastic trash on the planet.
(Credit: Horia Varian via a Creative Commons license.)
Seaturtle with a half-eaten plastic bag in its mouth. (Credit: Yamamoto Biology / Creative Commons.)
Honeycomb moth (Galleria mellonella), mounted, dorsal view. (Credit: Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker / Museum Victoria / CC BY 3.0 au.)

Honeycomb moth caterpillars actually break down polyethylene plastics

Larva, or caterpillar, of the honeycomb moth, on a piece of polyethylene plastic that it has been eating. (Credit: Cesar Hernández / CSIC.)
At least two bacterial species may living in the guts of waxworms may biodegrade polyethylene (PE) plastics. (Credit: Jun Yang et al., doi:10.1021/es504038a)

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