How Worms Multiply...

By: Daniel

Greeks told various tales of their Gods and Goddesses. What I would call the weirdest tale is the story about Hermaphroditus. When Hermaphroditus was younger he went swimming in a mystical fountain. The guard of that fountain fell in love with him, but Hermaphroditus didn't love her. When he was ready to leave, the guard did NOT want him to leave. So using Magical Powers she became part of his body. Hermaphroditus now had Male and Female parts! After that he had to admit he felt pretty weird. 
Scientist later discovered that worms have both parts so they called these types of creatures Hermaphrodit
es (Herm- af-ro-dites) because of Hermaproditus.

How Red Worms Mate
By: Nick

When worms mate they wrap themselves around each other's clitellum. Then they each exchange sperm, which is stored in sacs. Then the sperm mixes with mucus and creates a cocoon. The cocoon will hatch in about 3 weeks to 3 months. Approximately 1-5 worms come out of the cocoon. Worms wiggle to get out of the cocoon.

Mating Facts about the Red Worm…

  • The clitellum makes the baby worm's cocoon.
  • A red worm is both male and female.
  • Worms were named after the Greek god Hermaphoditus.
  • Not all worms mate the same way.

The Clitellum
By: Brandon L.

When worms mate, the band around the middle called the clitellum sticks together. The clitellum is near the end that is by the worm's head. It is like a saddle on a horse. The clitellum produces a cocoon for baby worms. The leech also has a clitellum.

By: Chase

Not all worms mate the same way as red worms. Nematode worms are either male or female, so they don't have two sets of reproductive organs. Nematode worms choose their sex. If they think there most likely is going to be a lot of food in the future, they become male. If they think food is to be scarce, they choose to be female. They can only choose before they are old enough to mate.