Common name, horsehair worm. Amazing creatures. We found a couple of them in the day time and went back at night and found several that were breeding in pools of water that were drying up.
Found next to a dead potato bug.
probably impossible to ID, but this is the pile that the stuff goes in when I don't know what it is.
Will says these things gestate inside grasshoppers and other insects. Scary.
A strange, worm-like invertebrate observed in a small freshwater pool.
Was abou 40cm in length.
Resembled a long piece of yellow grass or piece of spahgetti.
Upon capture, it did not appear to have a distinct head or front end, although when observed undulating underwater, it was clear that one end was its front.
I have NO idea what this was...blew my mind.
We looked for what it emerged from, but found nothing. The water was moving pretty quickly so either it, or the carcass may have washed away. No idea how to ID these.
orginally posted this for the beetle but am now posting to try to id what is coming out of it.
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...