NANFA-- cherry worms = tasty morsels

Jeremy Tiemann (
Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:47:11 -0500

My wife and I picked cherries off a neighbor's tree this weekend. I
decided to do a little yard work while she cleaned and pitted the
cherries. When I came into the house, she had a small pile of white
worms (I did not look at them that closely so I do not know what they
were). Excited that she saved them, I decided to dump the worms into
my community tank where a violet explosion of activity instantly
occurred. My bluntnose minnows, slender madtom, and sunfish
(bluegill, longear, and orangespot) went on a feeding frenzy. I
have fed the fishes maggots, small grasshoppers / crickets, blood
worms and various other water insect larvae before; the fishes become
more excited over this live food than over the standard food in a
can. However, I have never seen anything like what I saw this
weekend. Has anyone ever placed fruit worms in their aquaria before?
After the activity subsided in the tank, a similar feeding frenzy
occurred when the cherry pie and ice cream were placed on the table.
Jeremy Tiemann
Biological Field Assistant
Illinois Natural History Survey
Center for Biodiversity
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Telephone: (217) 244-4594
Fax: (217) 333-4949
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