Black Garden Worms


Garden worms can be found in many colors, but black is not normally among these. Usually, when a black worm is found in a garden, it is likely a pest and not actually a worm at all.


  • Cutworms are the most likely black worms to be found in a garden. While these are technically caterpillars and not worms, the look like short, chunky black worms and can be found on plants or on the surface of the soil.

Mistaken Identity

  • People may mistake millipedes in the garden for worms. Even though they resemble worms, millipedes have many pairs of legs, unlike worms that have none. Millipedes will also curl into a circle when disturbed, while worms will not.


  • Millipedes are harmless and don’t need to be removed from the garden when found. Cutworms may cause a great deal of damage and should be eradicated if possible.

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