A bloodworm is actually the larvae of the midge fly. This is a small fly about the size of a mosquito, but will not bite you. Bloodworms grow a bright red color because of a hemoglobin like substance that allows them to live in water with very little oxygen. Their coloration is caused by the same thing that causes our blood to be red; it carries oxygen. Most bloodworms live the majority of their lives at the bottom of creeks and streams where they eat whatever floats by. Some adults will move around, but they are stationary for the most part. Many fish, especially Koi and goldfish, love eating bloodworms. They actually look very similar to a plastic fishing worm.
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