I’m Expecting!!!

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… a plethora of baby worms!

European Nightcrawler Eggs

Today I frantically dug through my indoor European Nightcrawler worm bin, trying to find out if my recent, too-acidic feeding killed anyone. I learned two things:

1. These are worm eggs.

European Earthworm Eggs 2

2. European Earthworms love cardboard and pretty much any paper products! I found a huge percentage of the adult ones clustered around the paper and torn up toilet paper rolls I put in there. Anywhere where there was a clump of that stuff, at least five big ones were tangled in it and some of these precious eggs were close by.

According to what I’ve read about them, this means that they consider my scrap paper an awesome feeding source. Apparently worms lay their eggs near their feeding source.

I wasn’t expecting for this to be the case; all of the online sources say that European Earthworms feed near the surface, but I found them anywhere the paper was, including near the bottom (where I found even more eggs).  So, I tore up a couple egg cartons, soaked them in water, distributed them on the surface, and then tucked them in.

Implications

These guys are recycling machines! 

When I have enough, I’m going to start giving these away to everyone I know. Five pounds of these guys (which could fit in this container) could eat 5lbs of matter per day, including paper! I suspect that they actually eat it a little slower than that, but there is less in there than there was when I started this bin. Imagine how much paper waste could be reduced if everyone had a worm bin!

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4 responses »

    • I’m not sure about your backyard. These are from my worm bin (check out my other posts; you can see how I set it up so I could keep them in a bin in my kitchen). I ordered the worms from a guy online. The ones you find in your backyard are probably not going to be good for composting or eating paper, like these guys do. Instead, you’ll want to find either a local worm dealer or someone in Australia online. You cannot get these things shipped from another country to Australia because they die after 3-5 days of shipping. In addition, it cost me ~$20 to have them shipped, so I can’t imagine what it’d cost to ship across the ocean.

  1. What a great shot. I have never seen worm eggs before. Love the vermiculture you are doing. I’m going to share this with a friend who just spent boodles of time and money having someone come to shred all their stuff…ha!
    *anna

    • Thanks. This was really hard to get because the camera doesn’t do close-ups very well. I highly recommend that everyone get their own worms! They are easy keepers, no smell, and make dirt out of the things we put into landfills.

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