I found a worm-like beastie outside on a wet concrete path. It is about 8-10 inches long, 0.5mm thick, with a hard exterior,beige grey in colour with a dark brown tip at each end. When I scooped it up in a dustpan to look at it, it writhed about and curled itself up. I have seen it three times now in the same place. Anybody got any ideas?
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They are also called Gordian worms after the legend of the Gordian knot. As it says in the above "
One common name of nematomorphs is "Gordian worm", which originated from its similarity in appearance to a knot, specifically one created by Gordius, King of Phrygia around 330 B.C. As the mythical story goes, Gordius used this knot to bind a chariot to a pole. He declared that whoever could undo the knot would be ruler of all Asia. The challenge ended when Alexander the Great, when not able to untie the knot, cut it apart with his sword."