Glow worms produce light using a chemical reaction involving the chemicals luciferin, luciferase, ATP and oxygen. They use this light primarily to attract mates, but also to ward o...
The glow worm, Lampyris noctiluca, is actually a beetle in the insect family Lampyridae meaning "shining ones" in Greek. This family also includes other glowing species. Although Lampyris noctiluca is often referred to as a glow worm...
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 ...
in the Nikau Caves More »
Describes the species and gives advice on when and where to look for them.
Includes a survey, and lists of walks and reports.
'Arachno' means spider-like, which refers to the way glowworms catch flying
insects like spiders do. 'Campa' means larva and 'luminosa' means light-
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
None of the world's glow-worms are true worms. In the northern hemisphere the
name is used for beetles that fly around at night with their tail-lights flashing.
Information about glow worms including their life cycle, why they glow and where
the name comes from, or book an informative tour through the caves.