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Perionyx excavatus

Page history last edited by unityfire888@... 14 years, 2 months ago

We also use "blue worms" in our operations. Why? Blues are a tropical composting worm already naturalized throughout Polynesia including Kauai. 

 

Blues come with a caution; they migrate. They do it to discover better diggins but also just because they love to, it's who they are. If you use blues please keep them contained or in other ways be mindful of keeping their numbers in balance and not spreading them into any pristine or at risk areas in great numbers.

 

It's all about balance. Blue worms also have many predators and their tendency to travel unattended across open terrain helps keep their numbers in balance.

Everyone must discern for themselves based on locality and available resources, what is the most responsible way to use this gift from the forest.

 

Here's a great site about this species:

 

 http://www.hawaiirainbowworms.com/C-perionyx.html

 

Growth stages: cocoon, immature worm, adult.  Earthworms are hermaphrodites, having both male and female reproductive organs.  Worms release small, lemon-shaped cocoons after mating.  Each cocoon contains several fertilized eggs, hatching in approximately 15 to 21 days under ideal conditions.  Reproductive rates vary according to temperature and system maintenance with as many as 19 young hatched per worm per week.  Time to sexual maturity is approximately 17 to 35 days under ideal conditions.      

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