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“Notes on Earthworms”

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REFERRING to Mr. Hughes' communication to NATURE of May 15, p. 57, I myself to-day saw a small worm pursued by a black insect, also evidently the larva of one of the Carabidæ. I was attracted by observing the worm emerge from the ground and hurry quickly away. When about five inches from its burrow the larva came out of the same burrow, and briskly followed in a zigzag course, until it overtook its prey, which it then seized near the tail end and dragged under some loose earth. No doubt the worm had been pursued underground, and was endeavouring to make its escape.

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