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Glow Worms - Arachnocampa flava Glow worms are the larvae of a large mosquito-like fly. They inhabit a variety of terrain that consists of shady protected places with high humidity, and somewhat damp places where you can find glow worms are in the earth walls of roadside cuttings and tracks, crevices in rock faces, creek banks, and on root masses of large fallen trees. The life cycle of a glow worm involves four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult fly. Eggs are laid in large numbers directly onto the walls of the site. Some two weeks later the eggs hatch into tiny larvae that immediately start glowing from their tails. In order to survive, glow worms build traps consisting of vertical hanging threads of silk studded with sticky droplets of mucous to catch…show more content…
The mucous tube insulates and prevents the glow worm from dehydration. At night inside the tube it moves back and forth breaking through the tube to repair its web or to feed on trapped insects. During the day the glow worm hides inside its safety haven to avoid daylight predators. Ironically the glow worm is not actually a worm but a larvae. Early settlers from the British Isles applied the common name 'glow worm' as a substitute for the English glow worm Lampyris noctiluca, which was actually a beetle. Works Cited “Glow Worm.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. January 26, 1999. . Graciela B. Sala-Newby, Catherine M. Thompson, Anthony M. Cambell. “Sequence and biochemical similarities between the luciferases of the glow worm Lampyris noctiluca and the firefly Phontinus pyralis.” 1996:761-767. Fabre, J. Henry. The Glow Worm and other Beetles. University Press of the Pacific; May 1,

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