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Put One Foot In Front of the Other

Posted by equinoxequinox (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 26, 11 at 3:09

A few days ago I had put 4 inches of recently harvested very rough vermicompost into a never used for its intended purpose, uncovered, diaper pail, like a 5 gallon pail but twice as tall. I have stored vermicompost in it before. I intended to put the compost back on top of the flow through when the level had sunk down a bit. I heard some singing from the basement at midnight. Flicking on the lights I saw an 18 inch tall half inch thick line of worms making a perfectly straight B line for the top rim. They were about 5 inches away from the top. So no doubt one followed the other. I shooed them all back down. Night vision goggles and camera would be great to see just how they do it. Like tornado chasing except worm chasing.


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RE: Put One Foot In Front of the Other

Wow- for worms to organize and execute a 'freedom march'- maybe we underestimate our little charges? Obviously more research needs to be done on worms. The assumption that with a nerve ganglion instead of a �proper� brain, worms would be severely restricted in what they could accomplish. I�m at a loss for an explanation of a group activity on this scale. �Amazing� is the best I can come up with!


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RE: Put One Foot In Front of the Other

I looked through the archives for something I remembered reading here.

http://vermicomposters.ning.com/forum/topics/worms-communicating-with-each

It's a dot com. I hope the moderator does not freak out.

The line was maybe so straight because they were trying to "maximise contact" as the article says.

I wonder if the same one stayed the leader of if the leaders dried out and the livelier, still moist followers then took the lead?


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http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/verm/msg0608151817821.html?8


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RE: Put One Foot In Front of the Other

Sounds like an experiment to me! :)


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