A red worm was found by a reader in Northern Germany – or perhaps we should say ein roter Wurm wurde von einem Leser in Norddeutschland gefunden – and he wrote to us to see if we might be able to identify it. The worm was found in a garden, where it was mostly underground, and it is not exactly red. Its overall body is more like a pinkish color, but the bottom of the worm’s body is almost white. More precisely, the color of the worm fades as you move down its body – the top is a red or dark pink color, the middle is a light pink, and then the bottom is almost entirely white. What might our reader have found?
Fortunately, the reader submitted a picture along with his question, which will show the color scheme we were trying to convey above.
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This is hard to see in the picture, but the worm is fairly large, about seven centimeters (2.75 inches) long.
Despite extensive searches in both English and German, we can’t seem to turn up any information about this creature. It is not really like anything we have ever seen or been asked about before, and we can’t find any promising leads that suggest even a broad taxonomic categorization. When people find “worms” in their garden, they are very often finding a type of insect larva, like a grub or caterpillar. However, the creature above would be quite big for a larva, and we also don’t see any other body features that suggest it is a larvae (e.g., three pairs of legs). So, in this case, we think out reader might have actually found a worm, as we define the word “worm.” Unfortunately, though, we don’t want to say anything else because we fear we will just provide incorrect information.
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