Where do you find Glow Worms?

Most people may squirm at the thought of the creepy crawlies of Australia, but one small worm has climbed up the charts in the country’s popular animals, all due to its ability to glow in the dark. Glow Worms are one of the country’s magical creatures, hidden deep within the tropical land for travellers to marvel at in awe.

About the Worms

Despite its name literally being ‘worms’, these creatures aren’t even worms. They are in fact a type of larvae from a primitive fly, named the fungus gnat. These fungus gnats are small dark flies which only live for a couple days before dying. In comparison the larvae live up to nine months, meaning that the majority of this creature’s life is as a glow worm. It is a similar size to a small caterpillar, hanging out on tropical cave ceilings to catch its prey in its sticky residue trap much like a spider. The natural blue/green light is used not to attract tourists, but to attract their prey, using the light to entrance small insects into the cave’s ceilings. They catch the insects in the long hanging drool sticky substance that leaves them helpless as the worms slowly draw up the drool like a rope to consume the insects for their dinner. The glow is a natural chemical reaction that includes a waste product, an enzyme, an energy molecule, and oxygen all reacting together to create this natural glow.

Where can you see them?

If you are travelling around the tropic lands of Australia, you can easily see these creatures within their natural habitat. Nestled deep within one of the World Heritage Listed National Parks; named the Springbrook Park. A simple drive from the Gold Coast can have you instantly within the lush greenery of the rainforest, with ancient trees and unique wildlife to marvel at. Immerse yourself in nature, walking deep within the forest until you reach the arched caves of the national park. These dark and dreary caves come to life after sunset, with the ceilings sprinkled with blue lights, similar to stars in the sky.

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