Squirmy Horsehair Worms: A Zombie-creating Parasite

The horsehair worm is swallowed in larval form by an insect host. As the worm grows and matures inside the insect, the insect host seems to surrender its will to the worm.
Three months later, the host, almost zombie-like, is compelled to seek out water. When the insect enters the water, the mature horsehair worm emerges from the host’s body wall---as a writhing, knotting, mass of hair-like worm. More

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About Michael A. Franco

Michael Franco was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the oldest of 7 children in the Franco household. He graduated from the University of New Mexico, spent most of his time in his hometown, but briefly attended Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C.

He is currently retired from the Federal Aviation Administration and works in his second career, in a Paralegal capacity for the City of Albuquerque, Land of Enchantment.

About the Series: Strange Little Creatures
Dust mites are living creatures, smaller than a pinhead, roaming, blind little things, that look like a walking stomach with a mouthpart.

And Jerusalem crickets are called 'Woh-tzi-Neh' (translated as "old bald-headed man" or “skull insect”) by Native Americans. In Spanish, it's called " ñina de la tierra" or "child of the earth," because of its large, bald “baby face.”

The Horsehair worm is a parasite which enters and lives inside an insect until the worm matures. It then compels the insect host to seek and enter water, where the horsehair worm emerges and lives out the remainder of its life.

Together, these three children's books explore some strange little creatures found in nature.

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