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Nightcrawlers - How to Catch Them

Updated on September 9, 2016

Look for the Worm

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Where You Look for Nighcrawlers

Dirt. Leaves. Grass clippings. New growth.

All that is missing, is a little rain.

The other night, I was outside on my deck. I laid down with my left ear near the boards. It was dark. There was no moon. All I could hear clearly when I laid down was my heartbeat in my temples. I was quiet. I could hear something on the grass below my ear. It sounded like a mouse.

All I know is that something sounded like it was scurrying past me in the grass.

I had to see. I went to get a flashlight. I laid down again. For your information my deck is not comfortable whatsoever. I waited. Flashlight near. Off.

Suddenly I heard another twitching in the grass. I aimed the flashlight at the source of the noise. I turned the light on. I looked.

What was It?

Night crawlers. Worms eating the leaves and grass clippings.

It brought back memories of summers in the seventies spent outside with a flashlight collecting night crawlers for fishermen that used them for bait. I sold them for one dollar a dozen that summer. They gladly paid it. It saved them the trouble of trying to find worms. I enjoyed finding them.

I remember a few things about worms. When you are walking around trying to find worms, you must walk very gently. I believe that worms are sensitive to vibration. My observation has been that if you stomp, they will go into their holes.

So. You tiptoe. You squat. You cover your flashlight with your fingers so it glows red. You spot a worm and then memorize where it is. When you grab it, you must grab and hold. No pulling. Then, feel the worm. Initially the worm will be tensed up. It will feel like a porcupine. It will be pulling to one direction. Usually the worm has one end of its body in its burrow. It will try to pull itself into its burrow when you grab it. Then. It will tire. That is when you pull it out of its hole and put it in your bucket.

Repeat.

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Eye It

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Spot the Worm

Try not to make noise. Try not to shine the flashlight directly at the worm. Hold the your fingers over the end of the flashlight so the light appears red.

Worm Habitat

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The Area to the Left

 

Worm Habitat

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The Area to the Right

 

There It Is

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Yep.. There Is a Worm...

 

Grab and Hold

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Grab and Hold.. Do Not Pull, Yet.

 

The Worm Will Relax

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Worm relaxes..

 

Tighten Your Grip When Worm Relaxes

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Got it!!!

 

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The Nightcrawlers - Push the Feeling On - Didn't know about this song before I wrote this page. I love this music!

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EARTHWORM CHOW

1 c. earthworms

1/2 lg. onion, chopped

1/2 c. water

1 bouillon cube

1 c. yogurt or sour cream

3 tbsp. butter

1/2 c. mushrooms

Whole wheat flour

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Saucepan

Wash earthworms thoroughly and place in boiling water for three minutes. Pour off water and repeat the boiling process twice. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Roll the worms in flour, brown in butter, add salt to taste. Add bouillon and simmer for 30 minutes. Sauté onions and mushrooms in butter. Add onions and mushrooms to the worms. Stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve over rice or noodles.

Most people shudder at the mention of earthworms for food, but they are 97 percent protein and one of the most available and healthful foods outside your door.

Here's more recipes:

http://www.zetatalk.com/food/tfood04t.htm

/caseroles/quiche, etc.

Worm Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup sugar

2 bananas, mashed

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

2 eggs

1/4 cup dry-roasted army worms, or earthworms chopped into 1/4 inch segments

Directions: Mix together all ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

Applewood Flavored Meat

Chop apples (red delicious) into chunks

Layer apples and cleaned boiled earthworms in a containerwith a tight fitting lid

Refrigerate in closed container for 24 hours

Remove alpples and roll in a mix of all purpose flour seasoned with paprike, salt & pepper.

Then roll worms in same flour mix.

Deep fry both in the same pan together.

Worm Fried Rice

Ingredients:

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp. oil

3/4 c. water

1/4 c. chopped onions

4 tsp. soy sauce

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1 c. minute rice

1 c. cooked mealworms (or earthworms chopped into segments)

Directions:

Scramble egg in a saucepan, stirring to break egg into pieces.

Add water, soy sauce, garlic and onions. Bring to a boil.

Stir in rice & worms. Cover; remove from heat and let stand five minutes.

Earthy Worm Stroganoff

1 c. earthworms

1/2 lg. onion, chopped

1/2 c. water

1 bouillon cube

1 c. yogurt or sour cream

3 tbsp. butter

1/2 c. mushrooms

Whole wheat flour

Utinsels: Saucepan

Wash earthworms thoroughly and place in boiling water for three minutes. Pour off water and repeat the boiling process twice. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Roll the worms in flour, brown in butter, add salt to taste. Add bouillon and simmer for 30 minutes. Sauté onions and mushrooms in butter. Add onions and mushrooms to the worms. Stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve over rice or noodles.

Going Green and Composting Food Scraps

It just occurred to me, as I rewrote my page, that there is an interesting idea I want to try or build. We have a few food scraps every once in a while. Yes, we have a couple dogs,but there are a few things I don't want my dog to eat, so, now I am looking at purchasing or building a compost pile.

I read on Amazon that there is a worm factory composter. It stacks in a multi-layer fashion. The advantage being space saving. I live on 10 acres of space so space saving isn't an issue. What I like about the composter is that I have a large number of worms available, so my cost to supply the worms would be minimal. Actually, free.

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      6 years ago

      Its funny about the noise. I can often hear the worms in my worm bin at night when it is quite. I thought of recording it and having as "The Sounds Of Nature" collection, lol

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