Re: NANFA-- cherry worms = tasty morsels

Rose Lawn Museum (
Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:03:32 -0400

You can send any leftover pie down here...hold the worms, please. (-:

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 09:47 AM 6/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
>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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