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Sausage worms
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My  EH's are  dying  on a  daily  basis,  looking  tailless or  like  sausages.  Out  of  a  kilo  between 2 and  6  commit  suicide  daily,  today  it  was  12.They  are  kept  indoors, alongside  a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by lawrence Taylor Jul 26, 2011.


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When did you start composting with worms?
April 1, 2011
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
the web
What do your worms like to eat?
everything especially cardboard
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia hortensis, Eisenia fetida, Eisenia andrei and some new little critters coming along Perionyx excavatus and Eudrilus eugeniae
What worm bins do you use?
stacking indoors, wooden outdoors (now modified to a flow through)
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
about 10 or less
About Me:
Semi retired Chem Eng.
Wide interests scientifically

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Lactating penguins.... or bad science.

With  your  indulgence, I have in the  past tried to  explain to many  newbies that  what we are doing is  not  true  science, but  backyard  experimenting.

Observations vs. Experiments

Before we even dig into what this study found, let’s address an important caveat that the media—and even the researchers, unless they were terribly misquoted—seem to be confused about. What we’ve got here is a garden-variety observational study, not an…


Posted on March 14, 2012 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

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At 4:16pm on July 9, 2011, Pat James said…
I like your website. Also a bearded dragon was one reptile that I never owned. They became even more popular after I sold my store. You call them motrio or something but we call those other worms 'mealworms'. I kept them for a long time as food for various animals. i never thought of earthworms. They just did not seem 'clean' enough.
At 4:24pm on July 9, 2011, Sue said…

Hi Lawrence,

of course you're not alone. You're among 2515 worm farmers, lol.


At 5:09am on July 10, 2011, Pat James said…
It's a marketing thing over here... They sell them as 'giant mealworms' as opposed to regular mealworms.
At 8:23am on August 10, 2011, Matthew Wilson said…
Gladly, of course.
At 9:09pm on August 11, 2011, Sharon Hollars said…
Sometimes it depends on the day how eloquent or how tolerant I am.  I've been known to "not suffer fools gladly" myself some days.  Thanks for the complements.  Maybe next time it'll be you covering me, lol!
At 9:56pm on August 11, 2011, lawrence Taylor said…

Aw  Thanks  Sharon, bottom line is that we are all in this  together, we have different objectives and at times they may  conflict...not sure why,  but  anyway....

The  bottom line  is that  we are  all vermicomposters, and we are also  human. Many  are the days  that  I  wish  that  I  could  craft  such a response  as  yours.  Rest  assured  that  every  single  word  written,  I agree with.


happy  Squirming




At 8:22am on September 16, 2011, Milt said…

Lawrence, Glad you're here! It's good to have a knowledgeable chemist with us.

        I've set a goal to achieve rapid growth and high reproduction rate so I tend to fuss with details too much I suppose.

If you ask me what time it is I'll give you the history of time keeping, the mechanics of a watch and forget what it was you asked me.

Once again, Thanks for being my friend. Milt




At 11:45am on February 26, 2012, Michelle Craigmiles said…

Your videos were very detailed and informative.  Thank you for taking the time to video them for me.

I posted a new album, with close up of them, including the bedding.  Not sure if they are just adjusting to the new environment...or too dry, as they keep crawling up to the lid and sides.

At 8:01pm on March 3, 2012, Rich Feiller said…

Bok, after reading the article today i decided to another look at the 2cu yd compost pile that i had removed several pounds of EF's/EA's from a few days ago. the mix in the compost bins is very homogenious, there are no areas from the standpoint of material is any better then any other.

i was looking for the groupings and what i call the scouts (the single ones). first I was amazed at how many more adults have appeared, but what i observed is that the groups are not primarily adults and i only saw one locked pair, but because most of the adults were taken out many of the groupings were very young to half grown juvies. i didn't expect that because; that questions the grouping as a precuser to breeding.

the groupings were very tight maybe a dozen or more half grown hanging on to one clod of horse manure or cluster of wet leaves completely surrounded by identical food stuff. so that questions the grouping as being initiated by hunger and a limited food source.

third the temperature in the bin was at about 60 so the clumping had probably nothing to do with generating warmth with body temperatures or creating insulation. both of these behaviours are common in the animal kingdom.

so what is left? for survival a loner has little chance for survival from a preditor? the EF's and EA's sucrete an offensive substance to keep predators away could it be that in a mass collectively it is that much more of a deterent to being killed?

and the last one is they like company.

i really don't believe the single worms and there were a number of them were disoriented or lost i think they are on a mission of locating the next grouping location. it is not customary for any wild creature to stay in a close proximinety to where they have been it attracks their enemies. i believe they have to relocate a distance from their last area. they may go back next to it a grouping or two later. i am going to try and set up some controls in that bin and monitor their behavior.

just thought i would share my observations

if you trip over any more of these gems i would appreciate the link


At 6:48am on April 8, 2012, Kathy Jacobson said…

Howdy Lawrence!

Thanks for the positive feedback related to my recent post on "new worm bin".  :-)

I love writing and always have fun when the muses inspire such a spree.

Talk with you later,


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