An invasive earthworm species originally from Asia has now been found in two locations in Oregon. That’s bad news from our forests as this worm stays near the surface and if the population is large enough they consume all the litter beneath the trees in a forest, opening the soil to erosion and desiccation. Click here for more info.
The worms are often flipping about on the surface, not like other invasives or our native worms. Often called Asian jumping worm, they are scientifically named “Amynthas agresitis.” They’ve been found in Clackamas and Josephine Counties.