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When Bristle Worms Attack

Bristle worms belong to the family Polychaete. The common name is Acropora Crab. Bristle worms are usually found under rocks and corals in a number of different tropical areas throughout the world. Continue reading [...]

Anatomy of a Worm

While a lizard will lose its tail as a means of protection, if a worm loses either end (the anterior or the posterior) it’s usually at the hands of a predator, an unfortunate accident or a curious human that believes the worm will regenerate if they chop it in half. Unlike lizards, the worm protects itself from predators by clinging to the soil with its bristles, burrowing into the ground or coiling when picked up. Worms also use camouflage as a means of protection. Before we discuss how a worm really regenerates, here is a bit of information about the anatomy of a worm, where they live, and how they survive. Earthworms can be found at just about every corner of the earth. They live in trees, bark, and under rocks, and along rivers, near springs, and near ponds. Their favorite place to Continue reading [...]

Worms and “Coiling”

There are literally hundreds of thousands of worm species in the world today and roughly 2,700 are earthworms. Although there are thousands of different species of worms around the world, worms share a number of common characteristics. Their physical characteristics are similar as well as their diet, reproduction, where they live, and defense mechanisms. Worm Physical Characteristics For starters, worms have no lungs. This means, they breathe through their skin, so the worm’s environment and the worm’s skin must be moist at all times. This allows the worm to breathe in oxygen. While the sand may be moist and wet closer the water, the majority of the sand is dry. If the worm’s skin dries out, the worm will die from suffocation. In addition, too much moisture can also be detrimental Continue reading [...]


There are more than 2,700 species of earthworms in existence today and they can be found in just about every corner of the earth. They live in trees, in bark, and under rocks as well as along rivers and near springs, and ponds. Their favorite place to live, however, is in the earth’s rich soil. During the winter months they burrow deep within the earth until the surface warms again during the spring. During the warm summer months, worms stay closer to the tops of soil where they create tunnels to wiggle in and out of. These tunnels are extremely important for plant life as they create a path for water and air, which is essential for the survival of plant life. Places like China, Australia, Greenland, and the Sahara Desert have their own indigenous species of worms. Besides the Sahara Continue reading [...]

Woolly Worm Folklore

The woolly worm is actually a caterpillar or the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth. The tiger moth belongs to the arctiidae family, which has 11,000 species of moths around the world. The tiger moth is a beautiful creature with bright colors such as scarlet, yellow, orange, and white and rich hues ranging from black to beige. Equally as bright and beautiful, the woolly worm may have a burnt orange color in the middle and it may be black on both ends. Some woolly worms, however, are completely black or completely brown. In some parts of the world, it is believed that the severity of the winter can be predicted by the intensity of the black on the Isabella tiger moth’s larvae (caterpillar). In the American Northeast, it is believed that if the woolly worm has more brown on its body than Continue reading [...]

Banded Woolly Bear

While the banded woolly bear does not use its bristles for protection, it has another defense mechanism. If handled or threatened in any way, the banded woolly bear will simply play dead. Continue reading [...]
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