Horsehair Worms

Another fascinating part of field herping, along with all the other natural wonders we encounter, is the invertebrates! This forum is dedicated to both field and captive invertebrates.

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Horsehair Worms

Post by LouB747 » September 11th, 2015, 10:12 am

I had no idea what I was looking at. Worm, snake, leech. Looked it up. Parasite. Strange. Have never seen one before.


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Post by NACairns » September 12th, 2015, 2:34 pm

I've seen them emerging from crickets a couple times in Arizona and Montana. The most interesting part is the mind control, where they force their host into water once the worm is done with the body. Never seen one in a mantis.
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Post by LouB747 » September 15th, 2015, 8:08 pm

Wow, I just read about that. Crazy world. Thanks for bringing it up.

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Post by TravisK » September 18th, 2015, 7:41 am

I have found these before swimming in mountain lakes. Put it in a water bottle and brought it home to research. Pretty interesting organisms.

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Post by BillMcGighan » September 18th, 2015, 8:06 am

Mind control thing is really creepy.

Peeking into midwestern cattle tanks is a common way to find them (hence their name!!!) LOL
I once found them in every tank I looked into in NE Missouri.

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