Mystery Solved

A little while ago I posted about a worm My family and I found while walking in the mountains. Now it can be positively identified at a Harigane-mushi (Chordodes formosanus), roughly translated as an iron wire worm. The English name is a horse hairworm. It is a parasite that lives in the stomach of preying mantis insects! My student, a knowledgeable man when it comes to insects, found one in an insect he had kept in a tank to study as an elementary student. The worm we saw was out of its host because it had probably died in the fall and was now heading to water to start the cycle all over again. One of the oddest things I have ever seen!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s