Worms move by using their longitudinal muscles, circular muscles and setae. Setae are small hairs that protrude from each segment of the worm's body. Worms can extend these hairs into the surrounding dirt in order to anchor one segment of itself while it pulls the rest of its body forward.Know More
The worm's longitudinal muscles run the length of its body and allows the animal to contract or stretch itself out. The circular muscles are found in each of the 100 to 150 segments of a worm and are used to lengthen or shorten its individual segments independently from one another. Worms would not be able to move if each segment was unable to be operated independently.
Worms are classified into the Annelida phylum of organisms because of the ringed segments that make up their bodies. A worm propels itself forward and backward by using these muscles and setae in tandem with one another. As worms move through dirt, they construct a network of tunnels that aerates and saturates the soil with water and other nutrients. Worms eat dead and decaying organics that are found throughout the soil as they burrow. They break down these organic nutrients and dispel them in a type of nutrient-rich fertilizer, also known as worm castings.Learn More
Worms have no teeth. They use their strong, muscular mouths to swallow pieces of leaves and dirt. The mouth is behind the firm and pointed prostomium, which is the front end.Full Answer >
Catalpa worms are actually caterpillars that are attracted to the catalpa tree, according to forester Steve Nix for About.com. These catalpa worms are often used for fishing bait and can be detected by their yellow color and dark black lines.Full Answer >
The diet of a worm is based off its location, but worms traditionally eat everything from dead leaves to melon rinds and even cardboard. Studies show that worms are one of the only creatures on the planet that use just about all solid waste as their main diet. This is why many environmentalists believe that worms have the ability to save the planet. They suggest that worms be added to landfills to help eat the waste before it builds up.Full Answer >
Experts say that most earthworms were imported from Europe to North America by settlers. To stabilize their ships, settlers loaded them with soil that contained earthworms and their cocoons. Glaciers had destroyed most native worm species in North America. Worms hatch from eggs or cocoons.Full Answer >