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Shedding Light on the New Zealand Glow Worm

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Viewing these New Zealand glow worms, you can be forgiven for thinking you're looking at a star-lit night sky. Using a small light organ at the end of their bodies, these tiny gnat larvae light up the surfaces of the caves and ravine walls they call home. Their glowing bodies attract their prey, other insects. They've also lured in biochemists Miriam Sharpe and Kurt Krause, who hope to discover the molecular basis for the glow worm's bioluminescence.
Produced by Chelsea Fiske, Luke Groskin, and Brandon Swanson
Narrated by Annie Nero
Music by Audio
Additional Footage / Thanks to the film Brilliant Darkness presented by the Zoological Lighting Institute, James Karl Fischer and Emily Driscoll
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