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Collection of Worm Species

A brief description of six worm species

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Comment by roberta Gregson on September 17, 2010 at 12:54pm
Pete, do you have any photos of "springtails" I think that is what they are called??
Comment by Andrew from California on September 17, 2010 at 1:06pm
Roberta, go to the photo section here and type in "springtails" in the search field near the top left. You can also go to Pete's albums (click "view albums" above) and you'll see his other album is of worm bin creatures.
Comment by Peter Barnard on September 17, 2010 at 10:11pm
Roberta, here's Bentleys photo of Springtails.Springtails.jpg
Comment by roberta Gregson on September 18, 2010 at 8:18am
Thanks for the help, now, when I harvest my VC I get a bunch of little worms, thread like that spring and swirl around, are these springtails? I do have red mites too but not very many. Are the springtails harmful to the squirm or should I not worry about them. The worms seem healthy and are multiplying. what do the springtails do, where do they come from and what do they eat?
Comment by Peter Barnard on September 18, 2010 at 8:35am
Roberta, springtails are harmless and not worth bothering about. Just ignore them.
Sometimes I see plenty, and sometimes there are none. No idea where they come from.
Your threadlike worms could be potworms, though I've never seen one.
Bentley has some good photo's of potworms on his redwormcomposting.com
Comment by Worm Turns on April 7, 2013 at 10:08am
Wonderful photos, Pete! My EE's and EF's somehow co-mingled and I had been desperately looking for good pictures to tell them apart. The long EE's are easy, of course, but juveniles had me stumped. Since I plan on starting a business it was imperative to be able to identify the worms! I need to segregate them so when I sell a type, I am sending what has been ordered.

Do EF's ever have that blue sheen? Do EE's ever have that yellow back half? Is counting segments to the clitellum a reliable way to differentiate between red wigglers and African nightcrawlers? Do the segments increase with age?

Thank you for the photos and any help you can provide!

Veronica
Comment by Bruce Gardiner on July 22, 2018 at 7:15pm

Peter,

I am having great difficulty stopping my Malaysian Blues from escaping here in Burma. I have made some Worm Inn style bags that work best, but I'm looking for another species to try. I've been offered some African Nightcrawlers, but the source says that they have been kept in the same bin as 3 other species, and he thinks that the Blues and the ANCs may have interbred. Is this even possible? What do you think?

Thanks,

Bruce

Comment by Peter Barnard on July 23, 2018 at 4:54am

No worries Bruce, worms do not interbreed.

Comment by Bruce Gardiner on July 23, 2018 at 8:32pm

Peter,

Thank you very much for that confirmation. Although both the PEs and the EEs have the blue sheen to their heads, I should be able to tell the difference between adults just in their size (PEs small and EEs large). And the baby EEs should have a white tip to their tail, while the baby PEs should have a tail of uniform color. Any other distinguishing features that I should look for? I have built some CFTs out of 200L metal drums (like your plastic ones), that work very well and are so easy to harvest (I can twist the rods to loosen the castings), but I can't keep the PEs from escaping. I'm hoping the EEs are more home bodies and don't tend to wander. My hanging bags are pretty good for keeping the PEs corraled, but I am looking for systems that are easy, cheap and low maintenance to demonstrate to Burmese farmers as part of our organic farming trainings. The bags cost me about $20 to make and the drums about $25 (a week's wages for a Burmese farmer). Any suggestions you may have would be appreciated. Here are some photos and our website: www.solarroots.org. Thanks for your help, BruceIMG_1361.JPGIMG_1365.JPG

Comment by Peter Barnard on July 26, 2018 at 8:31pm

I'm surprised that your PE's are escaping. I found them to be just as content as any other species. (EF's and EE's)

Of course if they are short of food, they'll go elsewhere.

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