Composting Worms Eating Cantaloupe

Composting Worms Eating CantaloupeIn this picture you will see composting worms eating cantaloupe. Composting worms seem to like sweet foods such as winter squash, watermelon rinds and cantaloupe rinds. Here is a picture of worms under a cantaloupe rind after it has been in the bin a few days.  This cantaloupe rind was not buried in the bin.  It was actually sitting next to the worm compost and the worms found their way to it.  These are not actually so many worms.  When they really get going they form a huge squirming mass under cantaloupe rinds like they are having a huge party.

 

Cantaloupe Rind and Red WigglersSo it is very interesting that the worms found their way under this cantaloupe rind.  How did they know it was there?  It wasn’t buried in with all the other compost where they might just happen upon it in their journeys through the compost bin.  In this picture to the right you can see how the rind was situated in relation to all the other worm compost.  And you can see that this compost is practically finished.  It really looks like dirt now.

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Composting Worms Finding Cantaloupe RindSo I found this very curious–how do the worms find the cantaloupe??  So I decided to do an experiment.  I put some cantaloupe rind in a worm bin.  This time I put it away from the finished compost so it wasn’t so close to the main compost in the worm bin.  And so there wasn’t any compost touching it.  In the last picture the compost went up to the rind.  I wanted to see if the worms would find it.  Here is a picture of the worms on their way to the cantaloupe rind and on their way under it!  The worms must be able to smell this in order to find it.  So I did some investigating.  Worms don’t have noses but they do have chemical receptors in their skin which can pick up smell!  You can read more about chemoreceptors in composting worms.  You can learn a lot by watching composting worms eating cantaloupe.