Tequila Worms In Mezcal Bottles Are Actually Moth Larvae

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Everyone knows that tequila usually has a worm in it, but a group of researchers in Florida decided to use DNA testing to find out exactly what kind of worm it is. The researchers extracted the DNA of worms found in various brands of mezcal bought between 2018 and 2022 from American and Mexican distributors, and found that the worms were all the same… they were moth larvae.

Researcher Akito Kawahara says that the DNA was more than 99% identical to the DNA of the agave redworm moth larvae. This means that it’s not worms in mezcal…it’s caterpillars.

Check out the full story at Fox News

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