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Last spring I was cleaning the pond and was surprised to see what appeared to be a thin bit of root thrashing around. I caught it in a jar and went straight on the net to find out what the hell it was - something called a 'Horse Hair Worm'. These apparently find their way into insects visiting for a drink (in a larval form) and develop inside the insect until ready to emerge. At this point they seem to effect the behavior of the hapless insect, impelling it to go to water, where they burst out and go to find a mate, leaving their host very much dead. I thought I knew most of the critters to be found in UK ponds (having spent a lifetime fascinated by such things) but this was a new one on me.
I don't normally kill things but readily made an exception here Yuck again!
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we also have (worst) zombie parasites that infect humans