And when he destroys the smaller fry, the slugs and grubs and aphides multiply and devour his lettuces and roses.
These bolls will not drop, but the grubs ruin the cotton they contain.
The grubs attack it without hesitation and consume it with every appearance of the usual appetite.
The grubs rarely exceed three-quarters of an inch in length.
Well, I see nothing else to explain the action of the Volucella's grubs when they dip into the cells without wounding the larvae.
Why wasn't she out scampering and running all the time, and hunting for grubs?
I have been experimenting all along with big Volucella grubs, colored with the dirty red which comes with age.
Down falls the lark like a stone; it is time he looked for grubs.
Milty Boulter said if it wasn't the moon's fault it must be grubs.
A starling's range of ideas may be summed up in the word "grubs."
c.1300, from hypothetical Old English *grubbian, from West Germanic *grubbjan (cf. Middle Dutch grobben, Old High German grubilon "to dig, search," German grübeln "to meditate, ponder"), from Proto-Germanic *grub- "to dig," base of Old English grafan (see grave (v.)).
"larva," early 15c., perhaps from grub (v.) on the notion of "digging insect," or from the possibly unrelated Middle English grub "dwarfish fellow" (c.1400). Meaning "dull drudge" is 1650s. The slang sense of "food" is first recorded 1650s, said to be from birds eating grubs, but also often linked with bub "drink."
Older, worn-out clothes, esp worn for hanging out or doing dirty work: Wear grubbies for the archaeology dig
Food: goods one can exchange at the kitchen door for grub/ nonchalantly gobble up mounds of this grub (1659+)
: Come over and grub with us (Black)