I love my Red Wigglers and try my best to keep them safe and happy. Occasionally, there are a few unwanted visitors in the worm bin. In the next few days, my posts will focus on a few creatures and why they are in the bin and whether or not they are harmful to the Red Wigglers. Stay tuned!
Red Wigglers are hermaphrodites. Which means, they have both male and female reproductive organs. Although they have both organs, they still need each other to mate. Being around these magnificent creatures, I have witnessed this amazing procedure. They actually form a knot, a “love knot”. While knotted up, a mucus forms around the band, the clitellum. The mucus contains sperm, and the sperm is deposited in the microscopic sac located underneath the clitellum. As days past, the mucus will harden and form a cocoon. The Red Wiggler will then back it’s head out of the clitellum and the cocoon will be deposited into the bedding.