Cave weta found in pitfall trap in Dan's Creek forest
Knotted Horsehair Worm
Nella foto, in secondo piano, dietro Planorbarius corneus
These very white worms were under a rock, thin like string, and flailed around quite a bit when exposed.
Seen few of these around our property but have never had a camera with me at the time. Very long and skinny. Anyone have a better idea as to the species?
Nematomorpha (sometimes called Gordiacea, and commonly known as horsehair worms or Gordian worms) are a phylum of parasitoid animals superficially similar to nematode worms in morphology, hence the name. They range in size in most species from 50 to 100 centimetres (20 to 39 in) long and can reach in extreme cases up to 2 metres, and 1 to 3 millimetres (0.039 to 0.12 in) in diameter. Horsehair worms can be discovered in damp areas such as watering troughs, swimming...