Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Photos: A Green Glow Worm from the Amazon

by Tia Ghose, Staff Writer | November 18, 2014 12:30pm ET

A few years ago, nature photographer Jeff Cremer discovered tiny pinpricks of glowing light in a wall of Earth in Peru. When he took a closer look, he discovered a mysterious species of glow worm. Cremer brought the glow worm to the attention of entomologists. It turned out that these little glowing worms were actually larvae of a beetle species. Though scientists still don't know the exact species, similar click beetles have been found in Brazil.

Cremer saw the first signs of the mysterious beetle in a wall of Earth near the Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon. When he got a closer look, he found several dozen worms that were about 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters) in length. 

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