Compost Worm - Eisenia veneta

Alternative names
Dendrobaena veneta

Typical size of adult is 7cm. 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. The saddle is usually paler than the rest of the body.

Similar Species

Eisenia fetida is also striped but has a red-brown clitellum, the same as the main body colour.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

A photo is required showing the striped body and the clitellum.


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

When to see it

All year round.

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