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People around the world use more than a trillion plastic bags every year. They’re made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene that can take decades to break down.

But the humble wax worm may hold the key to biodegrading them.

It was an accidental discovery. Scientist and beekeeper Federica Bertocchini was frustrated to find that her beehives were infested with the caterpillar larvae of Galleria mellonella, commonly known as a wax worm.

Bertocchini, who works at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain, tells NPR that she was cleaning out the hive and put the worm-infested parts in a plastic bag.

But shortly afterward, she noticed that “they were all crawling around my place and the plastic bag was riddled with holes.”

The Lowly Wax Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

Photo: Wayne Boo/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

🏳️‍🌈✨Happy Lesbian Visibility Day✨🏳️‍🌈

To celebrate I am posting this picture of my perfect girlfriend ( @rosy-semantics ) and I.

When I was little I used to wish I wasn’t gay, now I wish the world wasn’t homophobic. Seeing lesbian couples and other butch women online was an instrumental part of my road to self-acceptance. Visibility is important!

I am sending out thanks to all the lesbians who continue to openly love women, even when the world tells them they shouldn’t. I appreciate you ❤️

And I am sending out love and support to all the lesbians who are struggling, who are not yet out, or who cannot come out. Please feel free to reach out to me if you feel lonely, have questions, or need someone to talk to.