Horsehair Worms

Horsehair Worms or Gordian worms is a common name used for parasitic animals of phylum Nematomorpha. They are found  in damp areas such as watering troughs, streams, puddles, and cisterns. Most species have a body length ranging from 50 to 100 centimeters and body diameter from 1 to 3 millimeters. In extreme cases they can even reach up to 2 meters long.  The adult worms are free living, but the larvae are parasitic on beetles, cockroaches, orthopterans, and crustaceans.

Horsehair Worms
Horsehair Worm
Horsehair Worm


Noushka said...

Yes, very interesting!
yours are huge!!
I found out about these worms a couple of years ago as I found some in my swimming-pool!
I did some research, talked to the chemist and conclusion:
The larvae develops inside a host, usually a cricket, a hopper.... and as they reach the time to breed, they secrete a "toxin" that drives unwillingly that host to a water spot so they can "hatch" out and reproduce in the water before the "offspring" finds a new host and re-enacts the cycle!
It takes many species to make a world!!

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Yuck! Never heard about that worm! Don't feel like going for a swim in a lake now!
Lots of fabulous shots in your blog!
Thanks for sharing;o)

Happy day****

kaitlyn said...

I was taking a bath at my grandmas house and she had just cleaned the tub out and sprayed it out, after filling the tub I got in and about ten minutes later I found one in the tub by my feet. Is it more likely the worm came off of me or (its a jet tub so it has six water jets in it) from inside one of the jets? And should I be worried that it was in the house never the less in the bath tub that I was in?

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