Insoluble Mucilage – Australian Glow-Worms

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Australian glow-worm () endemic to Australia & NZ

While the slimy presence of the Australian glow-wormArachnocampa flavamay not be on everyones fascinating list of things to observe in the tropics at night.

The glow worm ensnares its prey, then eats it alive.

It is fascinating to know, that the natural entrapment by its blue green emitting light, encircled by the sticky crystal like dew drops, proves to be deadly to nocturnal flying insects.

The extreme adhesive properties of this viscous substance, is according to CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), ‘insolubleonce it dries, ‘no current available solvent is capable of dissolving’ this highly viscousmucilage.

Remarkably the glow-worm manages to slide effortlessly, eating and regurgitating its mesmerising sticky snares, while making a meal of those that finally see “the light at the end of the tunnel”.

Alberto

Alberto Vale

Alberto Vale is an avid naturalist and a successful wildlife videographer. He resides in Cairns, Australia, just minutes from the best wildlife locations in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest's. Conducting nocturnal wildlife interpretation tours for the past 14 years, Alberto claims that the two most important things for a successful wildlife videographer, " is to know the habitat and it's wildlife". His wildlife videography has two completed wildlife documentaries, soon to be released on DVD. Alberto has received numerous tourism and videography awards throughout his passionate naturalist career.

Alberto

Alberto

Alberto Vale is an avid naturalist and a successful wildlife videographer. He resides in Cairns, Australia, just minutes from the best wildlife locations in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest's. Conducting nocturnal wildlife interpretation tours for the past 14 years, Alberto claims that the two most important things for a successful wildlife videographer, " is to know the habitat and it's wildlife". His wildlife videography has two completed wildlife documentaries, soon to be released on DVD. Alberto has received numerous tourism and videography awards throughout his passionate naturalist career.

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Joseph Lobo
Joseph Lobo

Thanks to Wildcam Australia to show us this facinating clip regarding the Glow Worm.

Glenn Bartley

Alberto, highly interesting post – I wouldn’t like to get stuck in one of those webs!