Story: Glow-worms

Adult glow-worm

Adult glow-worm

New Zealand glow-worms are the larval stage of a fungus gnat, a delicate type of fly. New Zealand has over 300 species of fungus gnat, but only one – Arachnocampa luminosa – that produces light. This photograph shows an adult alongside a glow-worm pupa.

Using this item

Department of Conservation
Reference: 10033107

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

George Gibbs, 'Glow-worms - New Zealand’s glow-worms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9735/adult-glow-worm (accessed 25 May 2019)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007