One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I have no idea what this is....ask Coley, he found it...I'm thinking it's about a mm in diameter and appeared to be segmented
It writhed energetically coiling and recoiling; these pictures were taken at intervals of about a second. I thew it back outside after photographing it; I hope it's not a dangerous intestinal parasite!
Amy figured out what it is: a horseshow worm. They have their own Phylum, Nematomorpha. The adults, like in the picture are free living, the larvae are parasitic on various invertebrates. They're also called Gordian worms; I regret now not posting the picture where it is coiled up in a tight knot!