Wednesday, July 16, 2014

8-inch Worms Infest UW Arboretum Soil

Asian crazy worms invade Madison. (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/16/2014)

Another Asian export, just like the emerald ash borer.  The eight-inchers come with a ravenous appetite and an advanced ability to reproduce, reaching maturity in just two months and creating offspring without mating. When infestations happen, the worms devour nutrient-rich soil at the forest floor. Erosion sets in, making it harder for native plants to survive. In their place, pesky invasive plants can grow. 

The worm is called “crazy” because it flops and wriggles vigorously when handled.

Something like this?

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