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Super Thin, Long Worm - Friend or Pest?

Posted by utahgirl UT (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 7, 09 at 17:12

I found this worm today below my apple tree. It was squirming around dead branches and mud from this morning's rain. The worm is about 4 inches long and maybe a millimeter wide. It has a black section near one end and the rest is transparent white. It reminds me of some kind of parasitic worm, though it also looks like the good worms I have in my saltwater aquarium.

Any idea what this is and whether or not I should be concerned?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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RE: Super Thin, Long Worm - Friend or Pest?

A so-called horsehair worm.


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RE: Super Thin, Long Worm - Friend or Pest?

And you're correct that it's parasitic....but only on such insects as crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, and the like.


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RE: Super Thin, Long Worm - Friend or Pest?

Thanks so much! I'll put it back where it was. :-)


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