Earthworm burrowing through soil

Earthworm burrowing through soil

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Earthworm. Macrophotograph of a common earthworm Lumbricus terrestris, burrowing through fertile soil scattered with fallen larch needles. The body segmentation of the worm is seen, coloured with a metallic green sheen in places. L. terrestris is the commonest species of earthworm in Europe. Adults may grow to 30cm in length. The worm diet consists of organic substances in the soil and through this eating process, soil fertility is increased with regeneration of mineral supplies. The earthworm's burrowing movements help to break up the soil and improve aeration. Charles Darwin once remarked on the importance of the earthworm in the formation of arable ground.

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Keywords: animal, annelid worm, annelida, earthworm, invertebrate, invertebrates, lumbricus terrestris, nature, wildlife, zoology

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