New Zealand is the only place in the world where you can see a starry sky even during a day. How is it possible? Glowing larvae of mosquitoes living deep in caves create the impression of thousands of bright stars. This is an unique spectacle for tourists from all over the world. Maybe you wonder why these larvae live in the darkness?
Glowing caves in New Zealand
Cave light is caused by larvae, which then grow into insects like mosquitoes. Their name is Arachnocampa luminosa – arachnocampa because it kills its food in the same way as spiders and luminosa because it shines. The larvae hang on the ceilings of caves or trees, wherever it is damp, silent and dark. They hang long ropes with sticky balls from their bottoms which they make from their body fluids. When the creature is hungry, it lights up and attracts the attention of mosquitoes, flies, even smaller spiders or other flying creatures. When the curious future food approaches, it sticks to the ball, and the larva then sucks it or eats the whole piece.