An unknown species of worm, that exudes a green light, has been discovered in Peru. Estimated to be in their larval stage, they are approximately 0.5 inches, and are being placed under classification of the click beetle family. They use their “glow” to attract their prey and then burst through the soil to devour them. Their prey consists of ants and termites.
Jeff Cremer, a nature photographer, discovered a few dozen of these small worms while working in a jungle in Peru. Aaron Pomerantz, an insect expert or entomologist, works close by to where the worms were discovered. Cremer brought the insects to the rainforest nature lodge and allowed Pomerantz and the team to check them out. As a team they classified them among the 10,000 other species of click beetle. Insects that glow are normally either hunting or attempting to fend off predators. In this instance though, the glowing is used to reel in prey.
Currently the team is unaware as to if these interesting creatures already belong to a species/subspecies, or if they are now their own species. However the team is collaborating with experts in Brazil to find out, according to Pomerantz.
peruvian glow worm
peruvian glow worm: Mysterious ‘Glow Worm’ Found in Peruvian Rainforest