The larvae of this worm are ingested in water by crickets and grasshoppers and praying mantises. The larvae grows to three to four times the length of the insect. Once the worm is ready to emerge, it infects over the insect's mind and tells it to seek out water and drown itself, thus returning the worm to water.
If the insect is eaten by a predator, the worm is able to wiggle out of the predator.
These parasites start their life cycle in the cow/sheep liver where they mate and are passed out through the feces. Then, a snail comes along and eat the feces, therefore ingesting the fluke worm. As a defence, the snail secretes the worms in it's slime trail (which is exactly what the worms want it to do). The ant then comes along and eats the slime trail, where the fluke worms invade it's brain. At night, the ant climbs up onto a blade of grass and waits to be eaten by a cow where the parasite will complete it's life cycle and reproduce.
If not eaten, at daybreak the ant goes back to normal. This happens until the ant is eaten by the cow.
A pregnant parasitic wasp paralyzes the Costa Rican spider and paralyzes it, then lays an egg on the abdomen of the spider and flies away. The spider then goes on living normally until the larvae are ready to pupate in which they inject the spider with a chemical and makes it spin an abnormal web.
This web is made as a longterm shelter rather than a trap and builds a cocoon in the center. After a period of days, the larvae emerge and suck out the innards of the Costa Rican spider. Then the larvae rebuild the cocoon in the center of the web (making it stronger and more water resistant) until they emerge as full-grown wasps.
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