Glow worm is the common name for various groups of insect larvae and adult
larviform females that glow through bioluminescence. They may sometimes ...
The glow worm is a medium to large sized invertebrate that is famous for having
a green and yellow coloured light on the end of it's tail. Glow worms are found ...
New Zealand glow-worms first became a popular attraction in the late 1880s
when the Glow-worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves was opened to the public. Today
Both glow worms and fireflies are not worms and flies as their names suggest!
You can read all about these insects here, as well as bioluminescence and how it
Describes the species and gives advice on when and where to look for them.
Includes a survey, and lists of walks and reports.
The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands
of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our ...
'Arachno' means spider-like, which refers to the way glowworms catch flying
insects like spiders do. 'Campa' means larva and 'luminosa' means light-
Common glow-worms are actually bioluminescent beetles.
NZ glowworms are closely related to Australian glowworms which have very
similar appearance and behaviour. New Zealand glowworms are larger and
Find information about glow worms including their life cycle, why they glow &
where the name comes from, or book an informative tour through our caves.