Dancing Thread 

I don’t remember ever seeing one of these corn-silk-like worms before but the diminutive flickering of its dance caught my eye somehow. This creature appears to be close to 4 inches long and no thicker than a couple of millimetres. It seems likely it’s a Nematomorpha or what is commonly called a horsehair worm or Gordian worm. It looks fairly harmless but the larval form of this worm leads a bizarre parasitic life…  

 

© Karen McRae, 2017