Sumac heads with worms
I was going to collect some Sumac heads for jelly and Sumac-ade. I began collecting heads and then noticed what looked like worm waste in the center of each head. I pulled open the heads and found a small brown worm(s) in each head. It's been years since I had used sumac but I don't remember anything in the heads.
I was going to pick what I needed and then try and salvage the outside berries for my needs, but then decided against it because of the extra work.
Does anyone have any information as to whether these worms are just common and something always there to deal with, or if the area may have had an isolated problem?