Wax Worm Chewing Plastic (IMAGE) Cell Press Caption A wax worm chews a hole through plastic. Polyethylene debris can be seen attached to the caterpillar. Credit Federica Bertocchini, Paolo Bombelli, and Chris Howe. Usage Restrictions Credit Required. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.