How to identify: the Brandling worm

Brandling wormScientific name
Eisenia fetida

Habitat
Usually found in garden compost but also occurs in wet, decaying leaf litter, organic-rich soils and manure heaps

Diet
Eats rotting vegetation

Size
Typical size of adult is 6cm

Characteristics

  • The whole body is stripy on its upper surface
  • The upper surface has dark red bands, with a narrower pale pink or yellowish band in between
  • Saddle usually a similar colour to the rest of the body
  • Can exude an unpleasant-smelling yellowish fluid when handled

 

 

 

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