Invasive Species

Jumping Worms

 

While nearly all earthworms in the Northeast today are non-native, Asian jumping worms are a relatively new invasive species that is rapidly spreading across the United States, devouring organic matter and destroying the top layer of soil that is needed to grow seedlings, wildflowers, etc. These worms grow and reproduce faster than their European counterparts. They are found on the soil surface and in leaf litter, and a sign of an infestation is a uniform, granular soil (like coffee grounds) created from worm castings.

 

The following list was curated by Joan O'Connor, NOFA-NH Board Member and owner of the former Joan's Famous Composting Worms.

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Photos by Joan O'Connor