Rathfinny Wine Estate

Glow worms are really lighting the way

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It does not look much using a flash.  This is the mighty glow worm which is thriving on the verges of our main access track through the Estate.  It is the female which emits this glow to attract a male.  The light is a bioluminescence and is caused when a molecule called luciferin is oxydised to produce oxyluciferin, with the enzyme luciferase acting as a catalyst in the reaction e.g. it glows!

At my last count we had 38 beacons lighting up the grass!  An incredible sight.

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The green splodge above provides you with a rough idea of what this amazing creature looks like at night time.  Get out and explore your local areas of rough grass for this wondrous light display.

 

 

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