Bioluminescent larvae mimic the night sky to hunt

Date:12 July 2016 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, ,

Starry, starry night could be the last thing night-flying insects see if they’re anywhere near the New Zealand glow worm. This bioluminescent larvae mimic the night sky to confuse and ensnare prey. The glow worms are the larval stage of an endemic fungus gnat (Arachnocampa luminosa).

Found in caves across the country’s northern and southern island, the larvae suspend sticky silk threads from above to catch insects.

Watch the video above to find out more about the bioluminescent larvae.

Video credit: Deep Look

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