How to identify: the Compost worm

Compost wormScientific name
Eisenia veneta

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

Diet
Rotting vegetation

Size
Typical size of adult is 7cm

Characteristics

  • The whole body is stripy on its upper surface when moving
  • The upper surface has dark red bands, with a pale pink or yellowish band in between
  • Saddle usually paler than the rest of the body

 

 

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