What is this
Location: League city, texas
January 9, 2011 9:02 pm
This snake or worm was found alive at the bottom of our pool after a rain in early January
This is a Gordian Worm or Horsehair Worm. It is an internal parasite of certain insects and arthropods including the Potato Bug. The Gordian Worm has a very complicated life cycle, but it reaches maturity inside the digestive tract of a Potato Bug. When the worm is mature, it releases a chemical that drives the Potato Bug to seek water. Once the Potato Bug enters the water, the worm bursts out killing the host. Adult Gordian Worms mate in the water.
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These are such cool beasties. I have found them in large grashoppers in Australia and generally there will be two, I don’t know if that is typical for the species or not. One cool thing about them, I have found them in a creek at night by torch light and they shimmer in all the colours of the rainbow.