Invasive Species Spotlight: Jumping Worms

Invasive Species Spotlight: Jumping Worms

 Monday, March 11th, 2024

 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)
 Online/Virtual via ZoomRegistration Link TBA

  • Public Welcome
  • Free Event
  • Chapter Meeting

Speaker information to come.

Jumping worms (Amynthas agrestis, Amynthas tokioensis and Metaphire hilgendorfi species) are an invasive species of worm native to southeast Asia. They were first reported in Michigan in Oakland County in 2008. It is now believed they could be widespread in the Lower Peninsula. Jumping worms consume large amounts of leaf litter and displace or out-compete our native species, not just native earthworms, but also native insects, ground nesting birds, and salamanders. Natalie Bekins will describe the lifecycle of jumping worms, as well as what can be done to control and prevent them.

Asian Jumping Worm (Amynthas agrestis)
Photo by John Abrams, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons