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- n. Plural form of hairworm.
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That ranks right up there with this video of hairworms blowing up a grasshopper.
Once in the water the mature hairworms - which are three to four times longer that their hosts when extended - emerge and swim away to find a mate, leaving their host dead or dying in the water.
Somehow mature hairworms brainwash their hosts into behaving in way they never usually would - causing them to seek out and plunge into water.
That's when the hairworms leave the host and reproduce.