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.

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