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Twice recently I've fouond little white worms in onions when I cut them open. In both cases, I only saw one, and it was a small white worm with a darker head. Both were alive. It totally creeped me out and I threw the onion away. Thoughts?

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  1. sounds like they might be immature onion thrips...

    http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/fac...

    did they look like the white nymphs pictured there?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      No, they were more like little worms, maybe more immature than what's shown in the photo. They looked like maggots, and after Googling onion maggot, I think that's exactly what they are. EWWWWWW!!!!

      Both onions that had the bugs were organic, FWIW.

    2. I've had maggots in onions once in a while, but it was with onions that went south (quite a memorable odor as well - right up there with chicken $hit...).
      Yep, no doubt about it - kinda creepy and gross, but just toss them out and make sure the neighbor onions aren't infected as well.

      1. Yes, I have those root maggotsonce in a while in the garden. When I pull up an onion and see the "roots" start moving, I have the same reaction.