One of our readers sent us a picture of a worm-like creature under the microscope. He said that it was about a quarter of the thickness of a hair and it was not possible to see it with the human eye. He wonders what it is, and we think that one possibility is that it could be a horsehair worm.
Here are the pictures that he included:
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After looking at the pictures, there is a possibility that our reader has found a horsehair worm. It does seems to have the correct dimensions of a horsehair worm. However, our reader couldn’t actually see the worm without the help of a microscope. Horsehair worms are able to be seen with the naked eye even though they are so thin and skinny.
It could be very possible that our reader does have a horsehair worm in this picture, but it is very hard for us to identify it. Based on the pictures, this could simply be a thin piece of black thread and not even a living creature at all. If our reader has seen it moving, then our best guess for him would be that it is a horsehair worm.
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