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Hairworm Parasites Exit a Dead Grasshopper

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January 3rd, 2008 at 10:37 am Shakuras says:

Creepy. I stopped watching after ~20 seconds.

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January 3rd, 2008 at 11:09 am nika says:

It's a Gordian worm (Gordius Robustus),and for some reason they like to parasite in a type of cricket called a 'Mormon cricket'. ;)
Parasites are amazing. O.O

January 3rd, 2008 at 1:54 pm cynnicysm says:

that one worm was all \"please mr grasshopper, wake up...we\'re not in the water grasshopper? we need you to jump in the water\" the other two just seems to be trying to smack the cmaera guy. did they even fit in that grasshopper? that was a lot of worm coming out of it.

January 3rd, 2008 at 5:22 pm Bob says:

they should've dumped a box of matches on the worms, then lit them all on fire. BURN parasites BURN.
parasites sicken me. And the best way to kill an insect completely is to burn it. Try infecting a live fire, worm.

January 3rd, 2008 at 6:08 pm Cj says:

wow nika you must be really into freaky parasite worm things o.O

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January 3rd, 2008 at 6:10 pm chewbaka says:

It's pretty fascinating. I wonder how there is room for the grasshopper's heart and other things with all those worms inside of it. Seems to me like it would already be dead when it jumps into the water, so it wouldn't be suicide.

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January 3rd, 2008 at 6:35 pm nika says:

@Bob- there's a subtle difference between a parasite and a sadist: parasite doesn't have a choice.
@Chewbaka- worms grow slowly and when they're about to reach the adulthood they detect the changes in osmotic pressure that indicate they're near the water. When they're fully grown they barely fit, but insects internal organs are not as complex so they're pressed on the side and still functional. I bet hopper doesn't feel that peachy though.. ;)

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January 3rd, 2008 at 6:56 pm HB Feermaster says:

I don't buy the theory that the parasite 'brainwashes' them. If I discovered I had those things inside of me, I'd be running straight towards the closest thing that would kill me.

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January 3rd, 2008 at 7:09 pm nika says:

Well it's not "brainwashing" in the exact meaning of the word: what happens is that worm absorbs surrounding tissue while growing + most of the nutrients that insect ingests.. As a consequence grasshopper (or any other host) feels constant thirst and visits a water source very often, and parasites come out when they're ready.

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January 3rd, 2008 at 7:37 pm bre_12_94 says:

Oh God....
well,it doesnt really freak me out....
but after the video, i saw a grasshopper in my apt...
that was scary.
i went and grabed my lighter and set in on fire though, so its all good