Hungry, invasive ‘crazy worm’ makes first appearance in Wisconsin

July 16, 2014 2:51 AM

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Wisconsin's newest invasive species has done its best to stay underground, but the voracious, numerous and mysterious Asian crazy worm has emerged for the first time in the state on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The UW Arboretum, long a refuge for Wisconsin's native plants and animals, is the first confirmed site for Amynthas agrestis, an invasive worm believed to have arrived in the United States from its native range in Japan and the Korean Peninsula with plants imported for landscaping.

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