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.

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George Gibbs, 'Glow-worms - New Zealand’s glow-worms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007