This parasite inside of a praying mantis
By - ejeoeveigskeg
“Oddly terifying"? Pretty sure the Oddly part got strangled to death by those murder worms. Fucking hell…
Yeah oddly is a bit of an understatement here. This is fucking terrifying.
Gutturally horrifying, really. It’s like some deep down phobia level shit that just freaks out our lizard brains.
Is that what that feeling is? 😩😩😩
Unless arousal is associate with the urge to hurl, I think it might be the lizard brain thing 😂 and I’m not usually queezy
I can't even watch the entire video lol literally makes me squirm & tremble.
I want to puke. Definitely just plain terrifying.
Did you see the post with the guy coughing up a worm yet? I just came here to enlighten your day further.
With all due respect you can fuck right off with that one sir
I agree... But deep down a part of me wants to see.
Probably the worms inside you
Fuck u take my upvote
And fuck you, take mine
Fuck all of you, and have another.
Have an upvote.
P.S. fuck you.
This. But also, link?
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
Not googling that, thank you very much.
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. 😥
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
The way you worded that makes it sound like you can’t drink water unless it’s sterilized or pissed in.
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
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.
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.
Fuck you what?!. Now I have to go find out qhatvsweat bees are and I really don't want to
They’re very small honey bee looking bugs. We have them in Kentucky.
I was considering moving to KY from CA but now I'm not so sure lol
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.
And full of meth labs 😌
Yupp, that's enough Reddit for the day.
For the freaks/psychos like me, can we get a link?
I'd like to order a nice tall glass of "fuck that shit."
People seem to overlook the "oddly" part when posting.
Half the posts on here belong in r/straightforwardlyterrifying
Why can I not access that sub?
You need reddit ultra premium
Ok. Don't know what that is so I assume I don't have it. Thanks 🙏
She’s pulling your leg. It doesn’t exist
Jesus fuck, for sure! I felt like I was watching a scene from The Thing!
"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!"
I can't figure out why it's not on fire yet.
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
It's nothing a little ivermectin won't cure.
Knock out covid and horse hair worms with this secret trick doctors DO NOT want you to know!
I'm still calling on prayer warriors if I get these things, though. God help us all!!!
It didn't help this praying mantis
Praying to the wrong God, obviously.
Well he had a 1 in something like 3000 chance of getting it right so it's not too surprising.
You're not wrong
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...
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.
They're lying to you to hide the fact that they are also infected. Better step on them to be sure...
Sir, that's the most logical thing I've heard all day.
I've never seen someone use the word hectically (frankly it's an awkward word) and yet you just used it twice in succession
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.
I emphatically agree, I like adverbs.
Adverbs fucking spice up an otherwise boring statement.
I absolutely concur.
I even googled the definition to check. I'm not sure it fits.
Professional English-speaker here, can confirm it does not fit in the sentence either time it’s used
Are you heretically certain?
Heretically? Now you're mixing up words things are getting a bit hectic
I'm hereditarily hermetically sealed against heretically hectic worms.
Pretty sure it's an Aussie thing
Hi pfp bro
WHAT THE FUCK
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.”
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.
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...
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”
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!"
Edit: I just picked the first wormiest name that came to mind and it's all anyone can point out haha
Noo... its HANS VERMHUT... hes a guy who stalks me in my dreams, shoots at me from a biplane...
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
They'll poke us till tapeworms explode from our ass
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.
Oh! Good for them, then.
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
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?
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….
Chimpanzees infected with toxoplasmosis are no longer repelled by the scent of urine of leopards, their natural predators.
> 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???
Sounds far fetched dude.
Anyways I g2g, I ate this weird steak thing and have an urge to go stand in a corn field.
So you could theoretically put polarizing filters on your outdoor lights and break their cycle? That way they’re less likely to find water
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.
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
It would actually be interesting to see if that would reduce the number of insects around the pool in general.
S-So what you're saying is that... Drowning it won't work...?
Look, we learned this in The Thing.
KILL. IT. WITH. FIRE.
Good thing I have a long boy lighter
HANS GET MY FLAMMENWERFER! WE HAVE PARASITES TO ERADICATE!
It werfers flammens.
>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.
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
This is the single best argument for veganism I’ve ever heard.
You’d pick up parasites on salad if you don’t wash them properly. Shit food prep shits.
> 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?
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/)
Now we know why the mantis was praying
Amazed how they all fitted into the Mantis lower body assuming anything else was still in there !
Female mantis are made to stretch to accommodate eggs.
A concept right out of "Alien"...
I think I speak for everyone when I say AAAHHHHHAAHHHHHH!!!!
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
No words, only fire…
I already phoned Hans. He will be here with my Flammenwerfer any minute now.
Damn nature, you scary!
That little rat lookin thing just got ate!
Worst part of the reddit app is having to reveal the video to back out when I try to hide it with comments.
About 20 seconds into that video is where I'd stop poking the thing and go grab the flamethrower.
There’s nothing in the world I want right now more than a bic and some hairspray.
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.
Why don't you try to eat it? Like in one piece
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.
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
Damn look at that sum bitch go!
What a terrible day to have eyes. Right, I’m off to look at kittens.
Same. r/kitten, bleach my eyes
Thank you so much
Get the fucking flamethrower
A flamethrower??? Fucking nuke it
Nuke? Unleash the power of Death Star to obliterate the planet this worm exist on.
Death Star? Get mom's chancla
Hey. There's no need for THAT level of brutality.
No this requires
#EXTERMINATUS. BUT FIRE ALL OF THEM AT ONCE!
Fuck that, we need the flammenwerfer.
Mac wants the what!?!?
Excuse me my good bitches, but what seems to be the fuck?
I read this in Laslo’s voice and I’m not sorry (from What We Do In the Shadows)
“The flood- it has evolved!”
"I am the monument to all your sins"
honestly one of the most terrifying video game quotes out there
Stand firm! The flood is upon us..
This is why fire was invented
WILLST DU ES NIE WIEDER SEHEN, LASS ES SCHWIMMEN IN BENZIN!
There’s nothing “oddly” about that. That’s some straight up Cthulhu shit.
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.
I had a moth fly inside my ear and stay alive for hours before the doctors could get it out ☺️
New fear: unlocked.
It’s ok, they come out on their own once they’ve finished laying their eggs.
Stories of insects crawing into peoples ears is why I'm super paranoid about my ears when I sleep.
Old man here. Nothing wants to go in my ear. It's nice.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Get God on the phone please.
God left after creating that thing.
God accidentally turned off the application and his save got corrupted and created this.
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
Stomach just rolled down into my feet. *NOPE*
The insect world is just pure horror.
There is nothing odd about why this is terrifying.
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.
I saw a cricket hop into a marsh in northern MN and one of these things came out its ass.
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
I'm gonna want a category 5 containment field around that thing before I get in the same room with it.
Reminds me of the movie The Thing. Skins is crawling right now
THAT IS HORRIFYING
There's nothing odd about being terrified by an inside-eating tentacle parasite.
I require literal bleach for my eyes, please take away my sight
Come on dude. Hold your hand out, give it a new home. You don’t have anything important going on. Let it inside.
Last time I saw something like this, a space engineer had to use a plasma cutter to defend himself
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.
This would be a good sci fi movie
"You gotta be fucking kidding me."
Exactly the film I was thinking of looking at that
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.
[100% real and harmless to people and pets](https://extension.umn.edu/nuisance-insects/horsehair-worms)
Maybe 99.9 percent harmless if that was someone's pet praying mantis.
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OK but can we talk about how mf is using a fucking jagged edged katana to chop open a mantis
What the Fuck is that !!! Get it out ! Get it out ! Get it out !!
That’s not on planet Earth, Is it?
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