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Sat Jun 6, 2015, 08:08 PM


Can anyone help with a caption?

Mystery of the Texas 'earthworm herds' that form a perfect line on roads: Scientists baffled by strange behaviour since storms

"On closer inspection, the strings of pasta turned out to be mounds of worms, sitting in a perfect line at the centre of the road stripe.

In total, the rangers discovered 30 clumps of earthworms following heavy rain and flooding in the southern US park which borders Lake Texoma.

Worms have been known to arrange themselves in clumps such as this, and are often called 'earthworm herds.'

The creatures often do this when they are in distress or faced with danger.


I'm referring to a good Photoshop of the clowny guys' face upon the '30 clumps'.

Just sayin.

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Warpy Jun 2015 #1

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Sat Jun 6, 2015, 11:28 PM

1. I'm not a bit baffled

Heavy rains forced them out of the ground. Highways are highest along the center line, to assist with drainage of water off the sides. That particular road was in a park that had been closed due to the flooding. With no traffic, the worms hadn't been turned into pate on their way to the highest ground. Put 'em all together, you got heaps of worms, which tend to clump together above ground to appear larger and less edible to predators, down the middle of a road.

They'll be gone in a day or two when it dries enough that they can burrow back into the soil.

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