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Glow Worms....
I have been having a really rotten internet connection and have not been able to post about the varied and wonderful sightings we had at the Biligiri Ranganna Hills property of Jungle Lodges and Resorts...but while I can, let me make a quick post about a short outing I had yesterday....it turned out to be a mini NTP outing!

Karthik had mentioned that he had been seeing glow-worms in a park near his home. Each year, for a few days around this time, he has been seeing the glow-worms in his own garden; but this year, he didn't find them there, but in the park where he goes for his evening walk.

Since I was interested, I called up Pallavi, Vittal , and anushsh. Vittal brought along his wife Santrupti and son Adu (dare I call him very cute?!) and we all trooped off to Karthik's place where he gave us delicious Darjeeling tea, and we then walked (risking life and limb in the traffic, may I add) to the Nanda Road park.

In the dark, the glow-worm looks like this (you must not laugh..that's an "as is, where is" pic on my little S3!)

glow of the glow worm 190308

Even in the park, Karthik says that he has found the glow-worms only in this one small patch! Here is one, on the concrete siding in the park:

glow worm on the concrete siding on nanda rd park 190308

And here's one that we found in the dry leaves between the bushes:

glow worm in the dry leaves 190308

Karthik carefully put one into Adu's palm, where he held it gently. However, it curled up and the glow faded away:

glow worm in Adu's hand 190308 nanda road park

In this snap, however, you can see the segment of the glow-worm that actually glows, when the worm lifts up that segment:

close up of glow worm showing the posterior segment (glow part) raised

And this grainy (sorry!) close-up shows how the worm glows, within the foliage of the bushes.

glow worm in the bushes grainy close up 190308 nanda rd park

Whenever we shone light on the glow-worms, they responded by bringing down their own glow, which was brightest in the dark. It was very interesting to watch these little creatures; Karthik says not very much is known about them, including the reason why they appear only for a few days, and only at this time! We were lucky that Karthik notices these tiny creatures, and is willing to share his observations with us....so we got to see the Glow-Worms of Nanda Road! :)

anushsh has also made a post, with lots of links, at


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Nice post. I never knew so much abt glow worms. The pics were cute.

What a fascinating grubby creature. Thanks for bringing it my way....

Actually we use the gene that codes for luciferase (enzymes that cause fireflies to glow) to visualize all sorts of things and tag molecules in research. With imaging technology where it is, it's quite amazing the sorts of things we can do. I wonder if anyone has done a similar thing with finding the enzyme responsible for the glow worm's glow....

ah the biologist. You really give me very interesting facts.

At the same time it is really unfortunate there is lot of info on glowing /chemical reactions etc, but no much of naturalist content about these GlowWorms.

Well, I'm not a biologist :)
It's the first time I'm taking a biology class in my life.

Nice. I have seen the odd near IIM-B. But haven't ever seen the "worm" itself. Somehow having seen the worm now, I feel like a bit of the magic's gone!

Still having a bad connection. I thought it would have resolved by now. Obviously it is a problem nearer home. How helpful is the bsnl Bangalore helpdesk? Here they are very fast.

Nice pictures and nice write up too.

The evening was fun and the tea was a bonus. If you hadn't called me, I might have missed it. Thanks Deepa.

PS: Adu and Trupti were excited too.

Lovely post.. an entry with pics is much better than an entry with links :D

Brings back memories of the summer holidays we spent at Moodabidri as kids. We would catch these fire-flies and put them in a bottle and place it next to us while we fell asleep. Those were the fun days .. sigh.

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