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Glow-worm in the garden (Video)

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The European Glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) is fairly common here in the hills, we see many of the males as they are sometimes attracted by artificial lights. Tonight, a female was proudly displaying her lights to attract a male.

The European Glow-worm is a species of Firefly which are actually Beetles. Only the males take the form of beetles and have the ability to fly, the females remain in almost larvae form. Using bioluminescence, they sit still with their light glowing pointing upwards to attract the male. The brighter the light the more chance of a male selecting her.

Armed with just my mobile phone, here is a photo of her, I returned her to her spot and she lit back up again.

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Female European Glow-worm

I also took a quick video of her glowing, followed by a shot with the phone light on her.

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These are great to have around the garden as during the larvae stage they eat slugs and snails and even have poison to kill them. The adult life is very short which is why reproduction is essential,once the female mates and lays her eggs she dies.


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