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we were at the drunkfest when one of us killed a grasshopper(by accident)Suddenly three black worms started to crawl out of it as you see.
we looked on the net and books what could it be,and we think these creatures are called hairworms,they are supposed to brainwash the grasshopper to jump into the water and drown,because water is worms' natural habitat.
But...apart killing some more grasshoppers and finding worms in each of them,they were also in the bugs and bigger insects that we also killed heh
Luckily we didn't continue our research on dogs,cats and thank god not humans.
So..if any1 would know what else these creatures could be feel free to post a comment
Originally posted by azzllin
Is nobody there like really worried? cos cats and dogs eat insects and other animals eat insects and we eat other animals, O.M.G.
The nematomorph hairworm Spinochordodes tellinii is a parasitic worm whose larvae develop in Orthopteran insects. This parasite is able to influence its host's behavior. Once the parasite is grown, it causes its grasshopper host to jump into water, where the grasshopper will likely drown. The adult worm lives and reproduces in water.
The microscopic larvae develop inside their host into worms that can be several times longer than their host.
It is not known whether the process underlying the host's behaviour involves modulation of the nervous system or some other factor. Studies have indicated that grasshoppers which contain the parasite express, or create, different proteins in their brains than do uninfected grasshoppers. Some of these proteins have been linked to neurotransmitter activity, others to geotactic activity, or the body's response to changes in gravity.
Some of these proteins have been linked to neurotransmitter activity, others to geotactic activity, or the body's response to changes in gravity.
Originally posted by samureyed
This is so disturbing.. I would not want to be in any body of water if there was a remote chance those things lived in it! Im going to go look for some videos, if anyone else finds some please post.
Maybe I am overreacting to this
do you think that all things that you do not know are alien related?
Originally posted by ArMaP
Why "Alien parasites"?