Friday, May 4, 2012


Identifriday- where we identify the wildlife we come across on our doorstep and on our travels and get into the habit of noticing and appreciating our local biodiversity!
Lumbricus terrestris- Common Earthworm
Maisie has become fascinated with these guys! This one is in his new 'home' (and is better off than his compatriots who were held in hand a little too long. RIP little wormies.
Lumbricus terrestris does a fantastic job aerating and mixing the soil and improving it for the plants that grow there. In fact Charles Darwin said that no other animal has "played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures".
Happy Friday People!


  1. my son is also fascinated by earth worms, but also very wary of them - he is fearless except around small things that move - spiders and beetles have the same effect on him. This container would be a nice way for him to observe one without feeling too worried. Thanks for the idea

  2. Thanks! Container is better for little creatures too I think!

  3. My daughter had entire worm families. Now, her daughter is fascinated by them as well.