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(Have you noticed when you dig around where composting worms are working that you get that wormbox smell? My husband says I'm nuts, but I can tell there are red wigglers being disturbed when I smell it. When we were out driving last fall, the car windows were down and I smelled worms, and mentioned it. Hubby told me how weird I was, but as we rounded a curve there was an endloader piling apple hulls on a pile by an orchard. I could smell the apples some, but I could really smell the worms.)
Anyway, I knew I was bothering lots of working worms, and was happy to have such great compost left to plant potatoes in. As I dug, I saw a long fat worm, and ran for my camera. ("Yes, I am taking a picture of a worm, dear. Yes, I am nuts, honey. I love you too.")
It was the biggest worm I had seen all day. It was mostly white, with some reddish brown at one end. I looked, but didn't see a flattened end, though it was squirming so much I may have missed it.
When it had squinched itself short is was about 6 inches long, and when it stretched out it looked to be at least twice that. And I also sniffed it to see if it smelled like lillies. (Because of the stories I have heard about Palouse worms). It didn't.
Once I was done admiring it, I put it back in a part of the compost we weren't going to disturb.
That big guy needed to get back to work!
Later that same morning, I was driving across town to pick up some coffee grounds from a coffee shop. I was driving by a big church just as it was getting out. Police were directing traffic for the church. Suddenly, BEES were EVERYWHERE. Traffic stopped, the police stopped directing and crouched, and one of them ran back a ways.