Nearly all animals referred to as worms are invertebrates, including earthworms, and by definition, invertebrates do not have bones. Exceptions include worm lizards, such as the Caecilians and Anguis lizards, which look like worms but have reptilian skeletons.
In addition to earthworms, other boneless animals commonly called "worms" include nematodes, flatworms, priapulid worms and a variety of marine worms, such as bristleworms, bootlace worms and arrow worms. Caterpillars, grubs and maggots are often categorized as worms" too, though they are insect larvae rather than their own worm-bodied species. Worms inhabit nearly every type of environment, acting as an important part of the food chain worldwide.Learn More
Nightcrawlers produce an average of 38 cocoons per year, or roughly one every 10 days, in the right conditions. Each cocoon may create one or two earthworms, although manure worms have as many as 11 worms per cocoon. Breeding rates of earthworms depend on soil conditions such as moisture, temperature, oxygen levels and available food. Pesticides and fertilizers reduce reproductive rates in worms because these chemicals alter the natural environment.Full Answer >
Grub worms can be killed by both natural methods and by purchasing grub worm treatments. Natural methods include applying milky spores or neem oil to the affected area or adding nematodes to the soil. Purchased treatments include Dylox, Merit and Mach-2.Full Answer >
The adaptations the earthworm has made to its underground life include lacking eyes and ears that can be clogged with soil. It also has a long, tube-like, segmented body which helps it push through the soil.Full Answer >
There are four stages of in the life cycle of a mealworm: egg, larval, pupa and adult. A mealworm is not the adult version of the bug; a mealworm is the larval stage of an insect that eventually grows into a beetle in the adult phase. The life cycle of mealworm lasts approximately one year.Full Answer >