In the middle of the road you see the darndest things…
Texas officials are still confused why the beds of worms lined up in the middle of the road following floods.
Park rangers in Texas had thought someone left spaghetti in the middle of the road.
Instead, the piles in the middle of Eisenhower State Park were actually worms.
No other place reported this problem of gaggles of worms along the center line. It seems obvious that the worms were avoiding the saturated ground. The center line will be the highest part of the road. Luckily, there was no traffic on the road. But why they were in clumps was unexplained and seemed a mystery to those interviewed. Actually, research has been done on red wigglers that tend to clump in compost piles. Worms communicate by close contact with other. They may gather en masse when conditions are not quite right or in the open, then move, in a herd, to a safe location. [Here’s the abstract and reference.]