1. Subscribersonhouse
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    06 Apr '15 19:53
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    Anyone have a clue as to what that huge (relatively speaking) parasite actually is? How could the mantis be alive with something that large inside it?
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    07 Apr '15 16:02
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhzFh_hs5Oc

    Anyone have a clue as to what that huge (relatively speaking) parasite actually is? How could the mantis be alive with something that large inside it?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematomorpha

    At least, that what it looks like to me.
  3. Subscribersonhouse
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    10 Apr '15 11:511 edit
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematomorpha

    At least, that what it looks like to me.
    Probably Spinochordodes tellinii which is shown in an image scrolling down a bit. The Nematomorpha line are huge, some meters long so they would be unlikely to crawl into a praying mantis!

    Still disgusting!