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Night Crawler (Lumbricus terrestris)

Night Crawler (Lumbricus terrestris)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-06-12 20:21
Viewed: 7516
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I remember dissecting these slimy little guys back in high school during biology class. I was only a sophomore, but still vividly recall having to memorize each body part and know exactly what it's function was.

I also remember my biology teacher describing how earth worms had both male and female organs. This was very interesting to us guys, yet a little embarrassing to talk about since our class had both boys and girls in it. All I can say is that we've come a long way since those innocent childhood days of my era.

I will post the original image in the Workshop.

Lumbricus Terrestris, or the common earthworm leads a relatively important life. After birth, worms are expected to live up to three years and sometimes up to ten years in captivity. Worms swarm under our feet by the thousands, tunneling and burrowing their way around, this helps loosen up the soil and promote root growth. Earthworms lay eggs mainly in the spring and fall, when the moisture levels of the soil are high. Earthworms are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both female and male reproductive systems. Although they have both sex organs, it still takes two worms to produce offspring. The worms meet at the heads, then the setae in the clitellum of each worm pierce the body of the other worm to lock their bodies together. The slime tube around the clitellum encircles the worms making the worms joint more firmly. Then sperm from each worm is released through the body until it reaches the sperm sac. This process takes about two or three hours. After the worms have finished receiving each otherís sperm, it releases each other and go their separate ways. In a couple of days the cocoons are ready and released into the ground in their burrows where they remain unharmed until they mature. The worms usually take about two or three weeks to develop. The mature worm spends the rest of its life burrowing through the ground eating the dirt and absorbing the needed nutrients and release castings that are very fertile and promote plant growth.

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Hi Ron
Very interesting capture!
I never see this moments of love of the Lumbricus terrestris .\
Congratulation, is very instructive shot!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-13 0:42]

Hello Ron
This is not a commo shot!
Great capture of the Night Crawler!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-13 4:04]

Very interesting capture of these mating pair, hardly seen this activity. tfs.

Dear Ron,
Great capture which I had learnt in biology class only to see it today on TN otherwise. TFS
Regards _Subhash

hello Ron

WOW ! for a midnight shot with tripod and flash
this is a great photo, i love much better the one of
the WS because we see more of their environment,



it is a wonderful pic. It is a picture with vibrant colors. good work.

best regards


Hi Ron,

An excellent close-up of these amorous critters. Excellent sharpness and color, right down to their slime.

All my life I've read that they're good for the soil, but now we're finding out that most of northern North America lost its native earthworms as a result of the Ice Age, and it seems that all our earthworms are now from other parts of the world and they're apparently doing severe damage to forest ecosystems because they consume the leaf litter needed for a healthy forest.

That's why it's important to not discard worms when we're done fishing, and shouldn't deliberately spread them around any more than they already are.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-23 6:44]

Hello Ron,
this is a magical moment and you have captured it so wonderful.
Never seen such a situation before and this is very exciting to note.. You have documented it well with sharpness and clarity.
Excellent note too.


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