I happened to accidentally step on a beetle while looking for moths and felt really bad. Then this Horsehair Worm started emerging from the beetle so I guess it was doomed already.
Short video here:
If there is any way to narrow down the ID I would appreciate the help.
Found in a river gravel pool. Cuticular areoles absent, bilobed posterior of male with a transverse crescent just anterior of cloaca.
Swimming in garden pond
Found in Goldfish pond, length approx. 200mm.
these internal parasites of the likes of weta and spiders cause their worm-filled hosts to stagger towards water. We found this worm in a kick sample of the stream.
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...