Worms to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to Torphins.org.

Earthworm cocoon

Lumbricus terrestris, the common earthworm.

Found in the soil, litter layer, under stones.

Can be found all year round depending on the weather.

Up to 30 cm long - the one on the left is still in its cocoon.

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Tubifex sp.


Found in the mud in ditches and streams.

Can be found all year round, but most easily seen in the warmer months.

Length 10 - 75 mm long, but much of this may be hidden in its burrow.

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Octolasium cyaneum, earthworm

Octolasium cyaneum

This earthworm is commoner in wetter soils.

Octolasium cyaneum's colour ranges from blue to purple to pink. It is redder at the front, and has a few yellow segments at the rear.

Fully grown it is 8 - 14 cm long.

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