A long and cold Melbourne Winter has made for limited fun outdoors these past couple of months, although on Sunny (but still cold!), days like today, the makings of a Spring are there to find.
And so I thought it a good time of year to see what was happening just hidden from view, and look for a remarkable creature. You see, the true hero of the soil is the earthworm.
If used this quote before and here it is again –
It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures. – Charles Darwin, 1881
So in tribute to our lowly overlords, here are some that find my home in theirs.
Some were found under rocks, within the folds of aged leaf mold, or working through a pile of coffee compost.
A translucent species I have not come across until now… With these ones you can see material move through the intestinal tract.
This one has wrinkly skin!
I find it a peaceful experience, therapeutic perhaps, to have these small animals crawling over my hand. Not knowing if they are aware of my holding them or not, there is the slightest chance they can see me, and find it in their own way to smile back.
- Some Dos and Don’ts of Worm Farming (groundtoground.org)
- Worm kills insects by vomiting Hulk-like bacteria (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- I Didn’t Know I Could Love a Worm (edudad.com)