Compost Worm - Eisenia 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.

    Identification difficulty

    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.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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