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What is this bug? or is it something else?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by fishingpol, May 19, 2011.

  1. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    I saw this on my fence post while filling the oriole feeder this morning. I see one about every year and have no clue what it is. Any thoughts would be great. It is kind of weird and I see them after rainstorms. It is almost like a small worm, but very thin and 4" long. It is translucent with yellow areas.

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    you sure it's not a seed that sprouted coming out of a crack?

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  3. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    No, it is some sort of worm. I took a video of it moving around. I'll see if I can get a link to the vid.
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    some sort of snake worm? I have found them a few times out in our gardens, but yellow.
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    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Yes, this one had 2 distinct areas of yellow on it.
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    Google -"lamprey". It might be a rare land-form, in an infant stage. Just guessing.

    EDIT- I was goofing a bit, but those pictures stirred up a memory. I've seen those things back in the day. Had a creek behind the house when I was a wee-jackass. They used to freak me out, they'd seem to strike like a snake if you pinched one. Angel Hair pasta with an attitiude. Always in wet areas. I really think they were a form of "lamprey', but I'm not certain.
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    Adabiviak Feeling the Heat

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    Horsehair worm is my guess.
  8. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Horsehair worm it is, you nailed it. Thanks for the name. Beneficial though as it is a parasite to certain insects. I figured it was in the nematode family as it was near a compost area in the yard, and 2" of rain this week probably made it active.

    Beetle-I remember as a kid seeing dead lampreys floating down our local river after spawning. They were 2-3' long with the circle of teeth and the alien-like gills on the side. Freakish looking.
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