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Yard Worm..lol

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I do not know. I thought it was a piece of web or string hanging down, but it was moving in all sorts of directions. I grabbed this image, and right after, the "worm" fell to the ground and took off under the bushes.

Not the best image, but it was a fast grab, hardly time to focus.

Ken - what is this and do I want it hanging around my garden? :roll:
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Post by Danny »

You mean a metre worm huh :D :wink:

That is long and very slim Sue. Unusual and yep, I would have thought sting or something along those lines as well. Fascinating.

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Maybe you don't want it hanging around if it is a meter (metre :?: ) worm. Read this: http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/26/news/worm.php

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well..I am not in africa, and do not plan on going. I do not like that ID..lets try for another one :lol:
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Post by salden »

I found it....

http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/bb/bb-50.htm

It is a horse hair worm.
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Post by Danny »

Ken Ramos wrote:Maybe you don't want it hanging around if it is a meter (metre :?: ) worm.
Metre or meter it is :D Same thing thanks to the strange language :D

Yeah thats amazing this thing :shock:

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Post by beetleman »

Excellent find Sue...I have only seen one of these in my whole life. I was going to say it looked like maybe a bird pooped it out :shock: The one I saw had a head like a sperm cell. Very strange indeed.
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Post by rjlittlefield »

salden wrote:I found it....

http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/bb/bb-50.htm

It is a horse hair worm.
Thanks for posting this extra info, Sue.

I've seen horsehair worms before, but either I never read about the life cycle, or it plumb slipped my mind that they're internal parasites of insects.

Given the size of the worms, those must be some big insects that they're parasitizing! :shock:

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Post by Gordon C. Snelling »

Very cool, havent seen one of these in many a year.

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Post by Planapo »

Hi Sue, a very interesting find you´ve made there! Thanks for sharing.

You´re right, it looks very similar to what is called a "hairworm" in English.
But the free-living sexual adult forms of these Nematomorpha are normally found in fresh water. I occasionally encouter them in water-filled ditches and ponds/puddles.

So the one thing that rings a bell in my memory is the place you´ve found the worm and its behaviour. The other is the blackish colour pattern that can be seen on your photo.

There are other worms that are also parasites of insects, look very similar to Nematomorpha and are of such a huge size but belong to the Nematoda.
And amongst them I recall a mermithid nematode that is known for its unique life cycle with the behaviour of climbing on plants where the female deposits her eggs. The hatched larvae are then taken up orally by the insect host.

The name of this nematode is Mermis nigrescens (Note, "nigrescens" means blackish) and I think most probably you´ve captured one of these.

Cheers,
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Post by DaveW »

Using Betty's identification found this on the Web:-

http://nematode.unl.edu/merminig.htm

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Post by beetleman »

WOW, this gets more interesting with every post. Wonderful information :smt023
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