Animals – feed earthworms! But beware, food is not a pollination process. Forage comes from plunder and pollination from pollen. Pollination is the fertilization of pollen grains. Wind pollination without feed! “Soldiers dispersed in search of fodder. Let’s hurry to the forage.” Voltaire. Fodder is stealing, plundering, but also collecting or pecking. In this sense, the earthworm feeds.
It feeds, but without storing a portion of its plunder like bee honey. I define it with honey, because it is from the rare bees that make some of it on the nearly 1000 species that live in France.
There are nearly twice as many bee species as birds, but only one species produces honey for heating or feeding. Others consumed instantly like an earthworm. Or they pass on their spoils to feed their brothers, sisters or grandchildren. What does an earthworm do? He is lonely giving up his eggs to their fate!
His only social activity is sexual activity. But there again, he’s very sober, only mating mates like all primitive hermaphrodites. And to get the details, they toss each other at the base of the neck compared to the morphology of the horse. And almost all of them practice the pose from head to tail. Almost all of them, because even among earthworms, diversity prevails.
Unless it is at the level of the reproductive rate. Where some lie a lot and live a short time, others lie a little, but live like a fox in its natural state! Upon reaching sexual maturity at the same age, we now call their galleries in the burrow! The comparison stops there, and the fox remains a formidable predator of earthworms that can swallow up to four worms per minute!
In short, all earthworms are involved in giving up their eggs unlike the majority of bees. And they are often abandoned to their disastrous fate, because they have only enemies. From stork to blackbird, mole or green lizard, hedgehog or frog, the list would be very long. Not to forget the world champion, the badger, who can consume up to 100 kilograms a year. Even slugs eat it.
All types of earthworms lay eggs without spawning, but not all feed! Not that they are wingless, they can climb well along stems while some climb to nests in cabbages during the winter. Or climb trees so as not to drown in a flood! Amazing behavior is observed in Marais poitevin and in the Amazon. Professor Lavell, one of the leading specialists on the world stage: “ In the Amazon, a worm of the genus Andiodrilus, living in floodplain forests, climbing trees, when flooded, to gather together in bromeliads, plants of the same family as pineapple. When the water recedes, the worms fall to the ground. How do they know there are shelters in these trees? How do they know the water has receded? »
To find out, you have to put yourself in the head of an earthworm. Live your life…it’s not exciting to put yourself in your shoes! So we will never know, just as we will never know how, in the darkness of the earth, two earthworms know they have the same desire at the same time! Knowing that they mate only between individuals of the same species. Let’s not ignore this evidence, at a time when many continue to believe that cutting an earthworm in half makes two!!! Or cut in half to make four. When you cut one, you’re simply cutting its brain out of its second brain, the gut.
However, in some marine flatworms of the family Platyhelminthes, primitive worms that have nothing to do with our earthworm friends, if you cut off their heads, they grow again! It will grow with all the old memories!!
In short, everyone will understand that earthworms do not visit flowers! So what are they looking for? Another nectar secreted by the roots of plants, a viscous liquid rich in sugar, but low in protein, is a mucilage called: root exudates. And through the biochemical process of photosynthesis, plants can dedicate up to a third of their carbohydrate production to making it. The secretions of the root and the nectar of flowers have the sole function of arousing appetite: the pollinating taste for reproduction and the taste for nourishment.
In fact, constrained by the stability and tough food competition they engage in underground, by creating a dynamism in their “legs,” they attract microbes, mycorrhizal fungi and other invertebrates, including earthworms, thus restoring nutrients for their growth. They also speed up, and, in turn, the mineralization of soil organic matter and the availability of nutrients, and (also) restore urea laden with earthworm mucus. They create their own nutritious ecosystem.
On September 15, 2014, researchers published in temper nature Earthworms stimulate plant growth. More than stimulating, its presence has resulted in a 25% increase in yield. Even if this study is the first to be published on the topic, more than 300 trials have previously concluded that earthworms have an effect on plants! Among them is the idea that earthworms also prefer certain bacteria that specialize in producing growth hormones.
In conclusion, we know very little about all the mechanisms that occur under our feet. The soil remains largely unknown, a black hole where everything indicates that plants are still leading the dance.
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