These tiny, plastic-munching caterpillars can clean up our world – but there’s a catch

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(USA Today) The waxworm, researchers discovered in 2017, is seemingly able to eat through common types of plastic — including polyethylene, a non-biodegradable type of plastic that is the most commonly used worldwide. Waxworms are not an end-all solution to plastic waste, however. Wax larvae are pests for bees, naturally feeding off honeycomb and running the risk of reducing their populations — and those of plants and crops.