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!


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