Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

Het is de larve van een paarden horzel (dit komt dus uit die gele eitjes die ze in de herfst op de benen hebben)
Larva of a horse bot fly  (Gasterophilus intestinalis)

This is what Kyra pooped out after I dewormed her for the first time. ‘Ewwww! What is that thing?’ is what I thought in horror. I had never seen such a thing and it had been living in my horse! I figured it was some kind of parasite. I loathe parasites!

What could it be? It didn’t look like a worm. I’ve seen different kinds of worms before and this didn’t look like any of the worms I encountered. This thing looked very creepy to me, especially because I had no idea what this was. After some Googling at home, I found out it was the larva of a horse bot fly  (Gasterophilus intestinalis).

This larva is between 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1,27 to 1,91 cm) long and in the picture I put my hoof pick next to it, for comparison. The idea of these larvae living in my horses stomach creeps me out!

If you want to know more about the horse bot fly and its life cycle click here.

Sleep tight tonight and don’t let the bot flies bite… Brrrr

Sandra Poppema
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