Compost to benefit Hurricane Victims

A university researcher in Pennsylvania is giving away earthworms and vermicompost free to anyone who makes a Red Cross donation. This is all leftover stuff from his many research projects involving worms and dirt. If you’re in the area (he can’t ship), check it out. Compost to benefit Hurricane...

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Earthworm Dissection

Whoa. Cool photo of an earthworm dissection from Ravi, who appears to be using his blog to administer quizzes for his zoology class. I never could bring myself to dissect an earthworm–not as a kid, not as an adult. As a student I always managed to talk my lab partner into doing it, and we’re still friends to this day. (Thanks, Annette) Hey, she was already planning to be a shrink at that point, which is kind of like med school,...

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Better Than Disneyland

Leisure Farms A new theme park devoted to farming–yes, farming!–features worms: “The area also has a section on permission, or using earthworms to make fertilizers that are needed to sustain organic farming. The vermicomposing pits allow visitors to see up close what earthworms called African night crawlers, look like. ‘The earthworms are imported from Iloilo as they are more prolific and can make the fertilizers faster...

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As the Worms Turn

So as I said yesterday, you’ll be hearing more from me about Circus of the Spineless in the coming days. It’s a three-ring blog circus that shines a spotline on all kinds of invertebrate-related blogging going on out there. Today, pay a visit to Bootstrap Analysis (Chronicles and Musings of a Field Biologist), where you’ll learn all about the non-native species of earthworms that are transforming some of our Northern...

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Circus of the Spineless

You’ll be hearing much more from me about this in the coming days. Meanwhile, satisfy your curiosity here: Circus of the Spineless

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Do Earthworms Glow in the Dark?

Why, yes. There are some that do glow softly. Earthworms secrete a slimy fluid that they use for locomotion, among other things. This coelomic fluid, in certain species, gives off a distinct blue or orange glow. To find out more than you ever wanted to know about glow-in-the-dark worms, check out: Earthworm...

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More Bugs

If you’re into worms, you’ve got to be into bugs too, right? It’s all about slowing down and taking an up-close look at the crazy natural world. This just in from Blue Ridge Blog, where you will see some extraordinary photographs. Because we are still a long way from winter, I can enjoy going through the archives and admiring her crisp, chilly images of snow....

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Existential Worm Questions

Students turn to worms – Elm Leaves [09-28-05] I love the way the teacher in this story frames the big life questions facing earthworms: “Like if it’s raining today, what do you do if you’re a worm? Do you stay in your burrow? You may drown. Do you go outside? You may be eaten by a robin. You make your own...

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Whose Poo Are You?

After yesterday’s topic, this seems downright socially acceptable. Thanks to Swamp Things and Swamp Things Two for this and many other fascinating images of creepy, crawly, swamp-dwelling critters. It’s a big world, filled with tiny little fascinating things. A few billion of them probably live in this pile of...

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