Horsehair worms erupting from a dying spider. Horsehair worms may be extremely long, color ranges from light to very dark brown and all are nearly uniform in body appearance, with a slightly blunt head and small cleft in the hind end. With very few exceptions, horsehair worms will only be found in water. In spring, tremendous numbers of eggs are laid in water in gelatinous masses. If incidentally ingested by a susceptible insect as it drinks, the horsehair worm larva penetrates the gut and moves into the body cavity, where it feeds on host tissues and blood. A wide range of insects may be infected by horsehair worms.
Photo by Rik Littlefield
While impossible to tell from the picture, this may very well be only one worm. It’s quite common for just one to occupy an arthropod, coiled tightly around the organs and filling every available space in the body cavity.
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So IGN is reporting that this is official concept art for an upcoming horror game, the Grinder. It looks pretty cool, but only because it was already cool in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, when they called it a Meat Weasel and it was the best reason to see the movie at all:
As someone who has dreamed of designing monsters for video games since I was a child, I am appalled at this…this display of…of UNPROFESSIONAL LACKADAISY.
It actually seems to have been a mistake on IGN’s part and isn’t real promotional art for the game at all. Whoever made the image is still just stealing someone else’s art, though.
Ringed Caecilian (Siphonops annulatus)
aaaaaaaa too cute
By the way they’re secretly sharks on the inside:
Seems these cool little things are bigger than I thought they were! I find waterbugs quite often, but I’ve never seen any octopus-face flatworms walking around on them!
Something cool I stumbled upon in an unrelated google search - this little cuttlefish-shaped blob is actually a flatworm which lives harmlessly on the bodies of certain water bugs!
This is the most stunning - and ADORABLE - footage I have ever seen of these bizarre little predators!
As I wrote about in my two-part article on the world’s coolest beetles, these larvae plug their burrows with their own thickly armored, flattened faces, watching for prey with their upturned eyes and sensitive trigger hairs. Tell me they aren’t just precious at the beginning of the footage, looking so shy and timid in their little tunnels. Then again, I don’t think they ever stop being precious. I’m glad that one finds his home again, I was getting worried!
Nature always comes up with the best video game enemies.
Having been inspired by their weird and diverse designs for many years, I’ve finally decided to review EVERY “Ugly Stickers” monster on Bogleech!
I found this photograph years ago with the title “starlet arthropod larva” and no further explanation…it’s some kind of larval insect, probably in an early instar that will quickly change to a more conventional shape.
EDIT: the image is apparently a very tiny fossil. Still can’t find a species name, if it even has one.
The Kinabu Giant Red Leech, found exclusively in a small part of Borneo. This would probably be one of my dream pets, but impossible to care for as it feeds exclusively on the rare Kinabu Giant Earthworm.
The GORGEOUS second wave of the obscure “Trash Bag Bunch” toy line never saw a wide release, and individual figures from this set can go for hundreds of dollars :(
I want these little assholes so bad, especially the WALKING FISH.
Turtles vs. Wyrm, the parasitic mutant Planarian clearly inspired by Rat Fink! So totally one of the coolest character concepts ever.
The “cysticercus” or “bladder worm” is a phase in the life cycle of a tapeworm when the animal entombs itself in the muscle or other tissues of its host, waiting to be swallowed by a meat-eater.
It’s basically just a head in a bubble! Once ingested by its final host, it everts itself and begins to grow its adult body :)