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originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Butterfinger
I saw the video somewhere else and it appears to be not one, but multiple horsehair worms. I read a couple comments claiming that it was horsehair worms mating. I have no idea. I couldn't readily track down any information about horsehair worm mating (not even on horsehairpornwormhub.com).
And yes, horsehair worms are straight out of a nightmare. Also, they don't infect just insects but a variety of arthropods, including crustaceans.
Wikipedia: Tubifex "The worms can survive with little oxygen by waving hemoglobin rich tail-ends to exploit all available oxygen, they can also exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen through their thin skin, similar to frogs. They can also survive in areas heavily polluted with organic matter that almost no other species can endure. By forming a protective cyst and lowering its metabolic rate, T. tubifex can survive drought and food shortage."