Jul 19, 2012
Gordian worms (or, Horsehair worms) are parasitic creatures that are only 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter but 50 to 100 centimeters in length. Fully grown, they live on their own, but they mature from larvae to adulthood in hosts such as beetles, cockroaches, and grasshoppers.
One kind of Gordian worm, the Spinochordodes tellinii, when it is ready to depart its host, releases an infection to the insect’s brain that motivates it to jump into water where it will most likely drown. Then the now-grown parasite eases its way out…
…and lives out its happy life as a free-wheeling water-worm. Yeah, Nature!
(via Ever So Strange)
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