A New Glow Worm

By Anupum Pant

While walking across a dirt wall in the rainforest of Tambopata in Peru in 2011, a wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer noticed a few glowing creatures embedded in the wall. He clicked a few pictures and posted them on Reddit to ask the internet if anyone knew what these were.

Entomologists Aaron Pomerantz and his colleagues at the University of Florida went there to see these insects for themselves. They found that the insects were larvae with huge mandibles – which indicated they were predatory. Also, the larvae were bioluminiscent and could control when they wanted to glow.

So, now it can be said that a predatory ‘Glow Worm’ has been discovered in the Peruvian Rainforest.

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