A larva could reduce the stock of plastic waste on land that is accumulated in landfills.
More specifically, polyethylene, one of the most resistant materials and which is difficult to degrade naturally.
This discovery was established by Federica Bertocchini, a Spanish researcher at the Spanish National Research Center.
As she was getting rid of beehives attacked by larvae, from the Galleria Mellonella specie, a very common butterfly, she noticed that the plastic bags she used were dotted with thousands of tiny holes.
There are 80 million tons of polyethylene that are produced every year in the world and that end up largely in the oceans.