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    Not for the squeamish

    This/ these are something MrsG discovered in the wild bird water tray this morning. The water was changed yesterday so they've been carried in. and we've a pretty good idea what they were carried in in

    If you are squeamish just risk the one eye and see if you can identify.

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    Horsehair worms?

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    Interesting! My first reaction was heart worms though they are really too mobile and flexible for such. I believe DJ is likely correct. Some type of horsehair worm (Nematomorpha) would be likely candidates. Larvae parasitize Arthropods. The adults are free living aquatics. From what I have read, it seems that adults can sometimes survive the devouring of their host --- exiting the host's body and wriggling out of the predators. So in the case of your water tray, a bird may have eaten some parasitized insects and have had the adults exit the birds' body. Conversely, the infected insect(s) may have jumped into the water tray, had the adults exit its/their bodies. (With terrestrial hosts, when the Nematomorpha has fully matured, the host is driven to seek a body of water and jump in. The adult them exits and seeks a mate. The host dies.) A visiting bird may then have eaten the drowned hollowed out insects.
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    Most likely a Nematomorpha of some sort, but still disgusting.

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    I'm with the double exit, Arthropod eaten by bird route.
    Which leads me to the gastric band issue we have here. They're thinking of offering the operation so people lose weight and so are less costly in later life with health problems. Surely infestation with a parasitic worm would be cheaper
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    Pills containing tapeworm eggs were actually sold once as a miracle weight loss medicine. So that isn't as far fetched as it may seem, not that I would recommend it.
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    Wow that is freaky looking

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    There's actually a lot of new research going into tapeworm pills. Certain species can actually be beneficial and are not parasitic. Of course convincing people to take them is another issue...

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