Worms to be found around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Lumbricus terrestris, the common earthworm

Immature earthworm

Earthworm cocoon

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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Octolasion cyaneum

Octolasium cyaneum, earthworm

This earthworm is commoner in wetter soils.

Octolasion 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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