These Glow-in-the-Dark Critters Will Blow Your Mind

April 17, 2015 9:32 PM

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These Glow-in-the-Dark Critters Will Blow Your Mind

If you're familiar with the 2009 science fiction film, "Avatar", you may have enjoyed the beautifully lush extraterrestrial glowing rainforest. But the other worldly glowing rainforest that I experienced was far closer to home, in the Peruvian Amazon of Tambopata this past March.

These are the larvae of click beetles, which are in the family Elateridae. While over 10,000 species of click beetles are known world wide, only a couple hundred species display bioluminesence. The larva pictured above likely belongs to the genus Pyrearinus, but we don't know the species yet. In any...

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