Maggot-like and louse-like bugs in fruits

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AntiScam

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Arabic
Some dates-palm tree fruit- have maggot-like (found in apples too) and louse-like (sometimes found in flour too) bugs. Other than saying the dates have gone bad, or they are rotten, how would you act/say when you find out that a date has got one of these bugs in it?

Scenario:

1 (maggot-like)- Eww, this date has got ....... ! [thrown into the garbage bin]
2 (louse-like)- Eww, this date has got ........!
 
  • jmichaelm

    Senior Member
    English - US
    If they are soft and tubular "worm" is most often used. If they are hard-shelled like insects "bug" is most often used.
    "This apple has a worm in it."
    "There are bugs in the flour."
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    There are several insects that attack dates, and it is essential to see the creatures to describe them

    The "louse-like" creatures in flour are weevils. Weevils also attack dates.
    The maggots are small fat worm-like creatures and are usually white. Maggots pupate into flies or moths. Moths attack dates.
    Dates are also attacked by mites - these produce "maggots" or "worms" that feed off the fruit.
     

    AntiScam

    Senior Member
    Arabic
    Thanks jmichaelm. Everyday English is what I was looking for.
    Thanks PaulQ. Do native speakers use the word weevils in everyday English?
    Interestingly, You know more than me considering dates are part of the Arabic culture.
     
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