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This parasite inside of a praying mantis

This parasite inside of a praying mantis

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DistantStorm-X

“Oddly terifying"? Pretty sure the Oddly part got strangled to death by those murder worms. Fucking hell…


lookiecookie_1001

Yeah oddly is a bit of an understatement here. This is fucking terrifying.


DaisyHotCakes

Gutturally horrifying, really. It’s like some deep down phobia level shit that just freaks out our lizard brains.


whimsical_femme

Is that what that feeling is? 😩😩😩


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whimsical_femme

Unless arousal is associate with the urge to hurl, I think it might be the lizard brain thing 😂 and I’m not usually queezy


Parsley-Quarterly303

I can't even watch the entire video lol literally makes me squirm & tremble.


budgybudge

I want to puke. Definitely just plain terrifying.


itsalloccupied

Did you see the post with the guy coughing up a worm yet? I just came here to enlighten your day further.


budgybudge

With all due respect you can fuck right off with that one sir


GuinnessG4m3r

I agree... But deep down a part of me wants to see.


daveftw84

Probably the worms inside you


nflfandayone

Fuck u take my upvote


Win3r1

And fuck you, take mine


Aimses

Fuck all of you, and have another.


BeenNormal

Have an upvote. P.S. fuck you.


Christianmordekaiser

r/angryupvote.


adesrosiers1

This. But also, link?


TransportationNo7341

😂🤣


JaceisKing

I'll do you one better. I've seen footage of a man going to a doctor to get a Leech pulled out of his nose. You're welcome


youdontknowmebiotch

Not googling that, thank you very much.


little_b1198

They are an amphibian type worm that affect insects and other bugs when they drink the water or land in it. Their eggs hatch inside and the worm evently burst out of the bug when the bug gets close or in water again. They are pretty cool to see swim. They swim like leaches. Either one can stay away from me though. Leaches and those. 😥


AzCannaLungz

This is why you don’t drink water without sterilization or pee in it cause they swim up you pee stream. Yay!!! Edit -When u have water like this you absolutely have to sterilize it cause to have this inside of you is very deadly and also you shouldn’t pee in the water like this because they can even swim up your pee stream


ShelterLongjumping

The way you worded that makes it sound like you can’t drink water unless it’s sterilized or pissed in.


Im_da_machine

I would take leeches any day of the week over these fucking things. I would take leeches over any parasite existing inside me for that matter


Stealfur

Well as long as you are ruining everyone else's day. Have you see the picture of the person who has hair growing out of their eyes? Eyeball hair. Can't pluck'm. They grow back.


Double_Distribution8

How about that Asian lady who had 7 sweat bees living behind her eyeball without knowing it? She went to her doctor because her eye was "itchy" and they found the sweat bees hiding back there. They are attracted by tears, especially if you cry in your sleep with an open window.


Loxta

Fuck you what?!. Now I have to go find out qhatvsweat bees are and I really don't want to


ShelterLongjumping

They’re very small honey bee looking bugs. We have them in Kentucky.


veapman

I was considering moving to KY from CA but now I'm not so sure lol


ShelterLongjumping

Lol they’re virtually harmless. Pretty sure this case is a once in a billion kind of thing. Ticks are a much much bigger problem here. It’s very beautiful country though.


AlonsoD

And full of meth labs 😌


itsalloccupied

r/shittysuperpowers


Pikablu155

Yupp, that's enough Reddit for the day.


devands

... link?


DarthLord21

For the freaks/psychos like me, can we get a link?


OnlyOnceThreetimes

I'd like to order a nice tall glass of "fuck that shit."


fidelio123

People seem to overlook the "oddly" part when posting.


DylanMorgan

Half the posts on here belong in r/straightforwardlyterrifying


Fair_Lawfulness_8875

Why can I not access that sub?


Dyspooria

You need reddit ultra premium


Fair_Lawfulness_8875

Ok. Don't know what that is so I assume I don't have it. Thanks 🙏


trapsoetjies

She’s pulling your leg. It doesn’t exist


spiderat22

Oh.


Pope_Cerebus

Jesus fuck, for sure! I felt like I was watching a scene from The Thing!


ServerMonkey

"You think that thing wanted to be an animal? No dogs make it a thousand miles through the cold! No, you don't understand! That thing wanted to be US!"


sjenkins6936

I can't figure out why it's not on fire yet.


ObamaBeenModdin

Looks like a gaggle of horse hair worms but I didn't think several can infect the same host.... especially at that size. I have no damn clue what that is


MrsKurtz

It's nothing a little ivermectin won't cure.


ObamaBeenModdin

Knock out covid and horse hair worms with this secret trick doctors DO NOT want you to know!


MrsKurtz

I'm still calling on prayer warriors if I get these things, though. God help us all!!!


ButteryTamales

It didn't help this praying mantis


analogkid01

Praying to the wrong God, obviously.


Bunghole_of_Fury

Well he had a 1 in something like 3000 chance of getting it right so it's not too surprising.


DarkEvilHedgehog

You're not wrong


AnEcologistPlays

Yup, Horsehair Worms can infect their hosts quite hectically. Have seen grasshoppers & crickets being quite hectically infected with them! And yet, sometimes they just carry on with their lives after these hellish tentacles crawled out of their unmentionables... and we get upset when we get papercuts...


diiejso

I remember when I was young maybe 7ish I stepped on a big cricket and these things came crawling out of it. I told all the grownups about it but none believed me and told me I must have thought it’s guts were worms. It wasn’t until I was adult and saw a gif like this that I finally knew what I saw that day. I sent it to those adults and of course they have no recollection of the event even though I can remember it vividly.


TheProfessorsLeft

They're lying to you to hide the fact that they are also infected. Better step on them to be sure...


Successful_Ad4653

Sir, that's the most logical thing I've heard all day.


thefreshpope

I've never seen someone use the word hectically (frankly it's an awkward word) and yet you just used it twice in succession


BabyBritain8

Was really waiting for a third "quite hectically." That would be the sign this simulation we're all living in is finally starting to glitch out and we've been given *the command.* Unfortunately that didn't happen so I've just accepted some people really like adverbs.


MetaTater

I emphatically agree, I like adverbs.


ToneTaLectric

Adverbs fucking spice up an otherwise boring statement.


MetaTater

I absolutely concur.


xylarr

I even googled the definition to check. I'm not sure it fits.


SpyGuyOO7

Professional English-speaker here, can confirm it does not fit in the sentence either time it’s used


Worldly_Expert_442

Are you heretically certain?


speck32

Heretically? Now you're mixing up words things are getting a bit hectic


SalmsonAL-3

I'm hereditarily hermetically sealed against heretically hectic worms.


febrezingthehomeless

Pretty sure it's an Aussie thing


SwarK01

Hi pfp bro


ObamaBeenModdin

BROTHER


dumbnut69

WHAT THE FUCK


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adriangalli

Very interesting though—from the wiki article: “The nematomorpha parasite affects host Hierodula patellifera's light interpret organs so the host attracts to horizontally polarized light. Thus host goes into water and parasite's lifecycle completes.”


ChildrenOfTheWoods

Yeah, that's what it ideally wants. A lot of these videos you'll see the host insect is near to water- someone's pool or whatever. We don't see where this is in relation to water or if the person moved the mantis. Animals can also be fooled by artificial light so in urban areas they might not get to water before they die. If the host insect dies or is incapacitated, particularly if something is harassing them (like being eaten by a predator or someone poking the host body vigorously with a stick) they'll emerge and hope the host got close enough to water for them to wriggle in. They can actually move across land just fine if it's damp, so not being IN water isn't actually that big of a deal.


OLassics

This is exactly why we are not ready for aliens, we don't fully understand our own planet and get terrified so easily, I can't imagine how aliens can look like omg my eyes...


TetrisG0d43

Imagine being an alien and coming to earth, and you find one of these fuckers, like, “oh cool humans, oh fuck a mantis ass worm”


thatguyned

Hans Wormhat from the Wriggly Nebula descends on Earth. He observes a worm exiting a small insects body and thinks to himself "ah yes, grow strong brother. Soon your species will be one of might and power!". He wonders through the forest, seeing things like spiders, owls, bats, snakes and wild boar. Things that remind him of his home and yet somehow different. He stumbles across a strange stone structure with plants arranged artfully around the exterior. What could this be? A young civilisation that our scanners failed to pick up? *a strange hairless bipedal creature carrying a long metal rod exits the structure* He thinks "This creature is like nothing I've seen before, it's smooth but dry with patches of fur oddly placed, it's limbs have these 5 points claw things it's using to hold the stick and its face is filled with so much anger. I have no other way to describe what I'm seeing as disgusting." It opens what I can only assume is its mouth and I hear the words "Aye bobby, what the fuck is that thing? Shoot it shoot it!" *pop* Edit: I just picked the first wormiest name that came to mind and it's all anyone can point out haha


seansux

Noo... its HANS VERMHUT... hes a guy who stalks me in my dreams, shoots at me from a biplane...


KingClam2

Not sure if people are downvoting you while knowing you're quoting the episode, or because they think you're trying to correct the comment


g2420hd

They'll poke us till tapeworms explode from our ass


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Nice perspective


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Poop_Snoot420

When I was a kid I found a June bug with one of these parasites on the edge of my air hockey hockey table in the garage. I always thought I imagined it, but now I know I’m not crazy.


The_0range_Menace

Oh! Good for them, then. *barfs*


87tskin

Then they mate and lay their eggs in the water, which are then eaten by insect larvae, when the larvae emerge as mosquitos or whatever, they get eaten by the insect host and hatch inside, and round we go again. Reminds me of a parasite that lives in pond fish's eyes, but has to be in a bird's stomach to procreate, so it makes the fish blind and unable to see predatory bird's who's stomach the parasite seeks, and the bird then eats the infected fish and shits in various ponds, spreading it further


KerPop42

And toxoplasma gondii, which reproduces in cat guts but matures in rat brains. We're apex predators, so we're going to be in the "reproduction" side of the cycle, not the "take over" side. Unless, of course, there is a human predator. A parasite then would drive a person to go to places where they would be easily preyed on, either seeking out lonely areas or signaling their presence to the predator... Luckily we don't have anyone sending out signals, say, to deep space, right?


Eh_for_Effort

Rats infected with toxo lose their sense of fear, and are attracted by the smell of cat urine, so they end up getting eaten by cats. Studies show humans infected with toxo are much much more likely to engage in risky behaviours such as driving motorcycles or doing extreme sports, and are more likely to own cats (though cause and effect is difficult to interpret there as humans catch it from cats). Super interesting. Studies show it does change our behaviour. And it’s extremely common in humans. I think last I checked up to 50% of people in France are infected. I probably have it. I grew up with cats. Maybe it’s the one writing this post….


dkysh

Chimpanzees infected with toxoplasmosis are no longer repelled by the scent of urine of leopards, their natural predators. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160209090622.htm


Javlington

> Maybe it’s the one writing this post…. I'm creeped out that, if it was, why would it let shine through that it was?? Potentially to creep out other humans to complete its life cycle???


CheeseRevolver

Sounds far fetched dude. Anyways I g2g, I ate this weird steak thing and have an urge to go stand in a corn field.


LukeW0rm

So you could theoretically put polarizing filters on your outdoor lights and break their cycle? That way they’re less likely to find water


ChildrenOfTheWoods

Well, maybe lol I think you'd end up attracting lots of other bugs that like water, though, and many of those are pests, biting flies and whatnot. I don't think horsehair worms are usually a huge ecological problem, they're creepy AF but are generally considered beneficial as they parasitize mostly pest insects and cant survive in vertebrates.


LukeW0rm

I’m more tempted to set this up across the field from my pool so that I never have a chance of seeing these creepy fucking things haha


ChildrenOfTheWoods

It would actually be interesting to see if that would reduce the number of insects around the pool in general.


Inadersbedamned

S-So what you're saying is that... Drowning it won't work...?


SimpleRegret

Look, we learned this in The Thing. KILL. IT. WITH. FIRE.


Inadersbedamned

Good thing I have a long boy lighter


BadNadeYeeter

HANS GET MY FLAMMENWERFER! WE HAVE PARASITES TO ERADICATE!


StinzorgaKingOfBees

It werfers flammens.


cilantrism

>There are a few cases of accidental parasitism in vertebrate hosts, including dogs and humans. Several cases involving Parachordodes, Paragordius, or Gordius have been recorded in human hosts in Japan and China. I do not like this paragraph.


ChildrenOfTheWoods

Those are actually [cases of pseudoparasitism](https://askentomologists.com/2021/04/07/can-gordian-worms-infect-humans-also-what-is-pseudoparasitism/) Basically, the host gets eaten before the worm gets free. The animal that ate it is then caught and eaten by some other animal (human, dog, whatever). The thing that ate the host is digested and the worms are free. They then head toward the nearest exit, causing gi upset but not any real damage to the end predator. The cases are mostly in places where fish are often eaten whole and may not be cooked to high temperatures if at all. In the case of small kids, dogs, and other animals the host insect might have been consumed directly. There were some adult worms found alive in pork meat at one point but exactly how they got there is unknown, the meat had been removed from the animal and purchased by a consumer before they were discovered so they might not have even been in the pig before it died. Heat kills them, boiling temp or above. So as long as you gut/cook anything that eats insects and cook your bugs it shouldn't be an issue lol


CrushedByTime

This is the single best argument for veganism I’ve ever heard.


Pixzal

You’d pick up parasites on salad if you don’t wash them properly. Shit food prep shits.


Javlington

> They then head toward the nearest exit How do they know where that is? Wouldn't they as easily crawl up, but it's just peristaltic motion that pushes them down?


ChildrenOfTheWoods

With horsehair worms it's up or down, some have been found alive in the throat, mouth, or in vomit. I suppose they probably just pick a direction and if they find something they can't get through turn around. They're free swimming as adults and even though we're not where they want to be our digestive tract is wet and our body temperature is to low to kill them. If they're in the intestines they'd be carried along naturally. [Study of two cases of horsehair worms found in humans](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3428576/)


Nincomsoup

Now we know why the mantis was praying


Jayombi

Amazed how they all fitted into the Mantis lower body assuming anything else was still in there !


ChildrenOfTheWoods

Female mantis are made to stretch to accommodate eggs.


BrunoGerace

A concept right out of "Alien"...


Virginity_Lost_Today

I think I speak for everyone when I say AAAHHHHHAAHHHHHH!!!!


PirateX84

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NON O NON O NO NO NO NO NO NON ON O NO NO NO NON O


SchwiftyMcCool

No words, only fire…


BadNadeYeeter

I already phoned Hans. He will be here with my Flammenwerfer any minute now.


LordTrey1983

Damn nature, you scary!


jurpy_the_durpy

That little rat lookin thing just got ate!


v0yev0da

Worst part of the reddit app is having to reveal the video to back out when I try to hide it with comments.


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dxrey65

About 20 seconds into that video is where I'd stop poking the thing and go grab the flamethrower.


AruiMD

There’s nothing in the world I want right now more than a bic and some hairspray.


Dizzy_D_00

Dude, it’s not right to kill it. You must torture it with flames!!! Then, let it lose. And after it feels a sense of defeat, let it loose. And after a sense of freedom, then kill it.


Hunslung

Why don't you try to eat it? Like in one piece


BernieSandersFan69

Forbidden noodle


BrainOnLoan

Especially with parasites, there are hundreds out there trying to outdo each other in horror and nastiness. So many abominations in that part of nature.


nictheman123

I almost wonder if the collective idea of an abomination is a direct result of the problems caused by parasites. Like, they caused so many issues that a collective fear/hatred of anything in that form. Related: OP, kill that fucker with fire and scatter the ashes. Some things don't deserve to live and that is one of them


bruhmoment126

Damn look at that sum bitch go!


llamageddon01

What a terrible day to have eyes. Right, I’m off to look at kittens.


Sir_BusinessNinja

Same. r/kitten, bleach my eyes


joeymon01

Thank you so much


Fuck_you_humanity

Get the fucking flamethrower


DaddyD00M

A flamethrower??? Fucking nuke it


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Nuke? Unleash the power of Death Star to obliterate the planet this worm exist on.


ChadTaco

Death Star? Get mom's chancla


MikeTheImpaler

Hey. There's no need for THAT level of brutality.


BadNadeYeeter

No this requires #EXTERMINATUS. BUT FIRE ALL OF THEM AT ONCE!


_Mr_Washee_Washee

Fuck that, we need the flammenwerfer.


japiers

Mac wants the what!?!?


cyclopath

Excuse me my good bitches, but what seems to be the fuck?


xkpriggz

I read this in Laslo’s voice and I’m not sorry (from What We Do In the Shadows)


AuspiciousAce

r/brandnewsentence


one-thousand-keks

“The flood- it has evolved!”


dandyj87

"I am the monument to all your sins"


Same-Discount2988

honestly one of the most terrifying video game quotes out there


Yoko-Ohno_The_Third

Stand firm! The flood is upon us..


prairiefountain

This is why fire was invented


BadNadeYeeter

WILLST DU ES NIE WIEDER SEHEN, LASS ES SCHWIMMEN IN BENZIN!


shellexyz

There’s nothing “oddly” about that. That’s some straight up Cthulhu shit.


Solar_Slushie

r/appropriatelyterrifying


plzPMme_ur_cute_tits

r/veryUnderstandablyScary


Waste_Acanthisitta_5

Las Plagas


Grid-nim

LEEEEeeeOoooN! HEEEEeeeeLP!


nastyjman

*Lord... Saddler...*


HandlessSpermDonor

This kind of stuff is probably my biggest phobia. I remember when I was very young a large fly was buzzing around the room until it just fell out of the air, then buzzed around a little and died. I squashed it with something and heaps of maggots came out. Bloody nightmare fuel.


insom2323

I had a moth fly inside my ear and stay alive for hours before the doctors could get it out ☺️


ellieofus

New fear: unlocked.


poptartsnbeer

It’s ok, they come out on their own once they’ve finished laying their eggs.


available2tank

Stories of insects crawing into peoples ears is why I'm super paranoid about my ears when I sleep.


dsmymfah

Old man here. Nothing wants to go in my ear. It's nice.


me_brewsta

> moth If that happened to me, I wouldn't have to worry about hearing it flutter around in my ears. I'd be too busy screaming at the top of my lungs.


RooR8o8

NO


sadslim666

Jesus Christ please explain yourself, did this happen in your sleep? How old were you, did you cry? Did you feel it crawling around in your ear? How the fuck did they get it out? Wtf


insom2323

Nope, I was outside after dark standing near a lamp, it was a quite small moth. I was 24 and I may have cried at one point but I was pretty stoic (surprisingly) and remember hysterically laughing at times. It did hurt when it fluttered hard and sounded extremely loud. I had no lasting damage. It kept trying to escape but could not. They removed it by putting me on my side with my ear facing up, dumping in some numbing liquid which killed the moth, and then blasting it with water (quite hard) until the moth came out. The blasting process took about 15 minutes. Truly awful experience but somehow going through it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Maybe I just cope well in a crisis, idk. I definitely found some inner strength I didn’t know I had. 0/10 would not reccomend!


GiantsRTheBest2

Well fly lay maggots. So I’m guessing it was a female fly that was pregnant but couldn’t find somewhere to lay her eggs so they hatched inside her.


nnnugget45

Yep. Ever since seeing a video of someone having botfly larvae (which are barbed and about the size of a piece of gnocchi) removed from a hole the botflies had burrowed in the person’s upper lip, I have been fanatical about cleaning the tops of cans before drinking from them. Apparently, a drinks can that the person had drunk from had tint botfly eggs around the rim, and the larvae burrowed into their lip and fed on their flesh until they were surgically removed. Sleep tight.


Esoteric_Eroticism

Get God on the phone please.


DaxSpa7

God left after creating that thing.


RadicalLad25

God accidentally turned off the application and his save got corrupted and created this.


Saint0phelia

NO


MeBobgame

Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it Burn it


lovely_voyager

Stomach just rolled down into my feet. *NOPE*


Beatboxin_dawg

The insect world is just pure horror.


PigSlam

There is nothing odd about why this is terrifying.


daydreaming_doofus

This is called a horsehair worm, and yes, they are HORRIFYING. Fortunately, I believe they cannot infect animals or humans, only insects. The first time I saw one I was camping with my family and I initially mistook the parasite for a wiggling antenna. I was absolutely terrified when it detached itself from the deceased insect.


7th_Cuil

I saw a cricket hop into a marsh in northern MN and one of these things came out its ass.


Dragonwysper

Yep. We had a garden roach get in the house once. The cats ended up killing it, and a horsehair worm started wriggling its way out of its body. I've seen them swimming in the creek behind my house too. They're really fascinating little creatures, but equally horrifying, as most parasites are lol


Plenty-Inspector8444

I'm gonna want a category 5 containment field around that thing before I get in the same room with it.


Hotpaco12

Reminds me of the movie The Thing. Skins is crawling right now


Nonaflowerss

THAT IS HORRIFYING


VersedFlame

There's nothing odd about being terrified by an inside-eating tentacle parasite.


LaserTurboShark69

r/eyebleach


Nixxatronic

I require literal bleach for my eyes, please take away my sight


According-Big2651

Come on dude. Hold your hand out, give it a new home. You don’t have anything important going on. Let it inside.


ounilith

Last time I saw something like this, a space engineer had to use a plasma cutter to defend himself


tooscoopy

I was expecting it to jump out at the camera at any second…. Hoping it was maybe just fake. No such luck. Just scary worms that will haunt my nightmares.


Merlin_the_Lizard

This would be a good sci fi movie


adamroadmusic

The Thing


revgill

"You gotta be fucking kidding me."


Eliliel_Snow

Exactly the film I was thinking of looking at that


HotState2837

I'm sorry for saying this to all the bug / insect lovers out here but if I was the camera man, I would be running into my house and coming back with a lighter and a can of hair spray and sending this spawn from hell back to its home.


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ChildrenOfTheWoods

[100% real and harmless to people and pets](https://extension.umn.edu/nuisance-insects/horsehair-worms)


bookmarkjedi

Maybe 99.9 percent harmless if that was someone's pet praying mantis.


Synth15962

Dude…


ToxicBarrelOfMonke

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LegoBricksAndMemes

OK but can we talk about how mf is using a fucking jagged edged katana to chop open a mantis


Global-Loquat-3424

What the Fuck is that !!! Get it out ! Get it out ! Get it out !!


jackiejabb

That’s not on planet Earth, Is it?


Stormborn139

u/savevideobot


Hike_it_Out52

"I don't want you to misunderstand me. I'm not saying I want a litre of gasoline. I want EVERY liter of gasoline your company owns...For humanity."