Despite being only a half an inch worm, the Peruvian glow worm is a very potent predator.
The Peruvian glow worm captures its prey by exploding out of the earth and catching insects. These insects are usually termites and ants. The worm has large claws and it uses its claws in order to catch and kill the insect before it feeds on it.
Another feature of the Peruvian worm is its bioluminescence. This actually makes the worm glow in the dark and by doing so it attracts insects and catches them for feeding. The worm has been called mysterious and strange and it is anything but ordinary. At a little more than a half an inch in size the worm is definitely not a big animal. Just as if the worm is almost taken out of horror movie or novel, the luminescent worm attacks in a manner most frightening. The Peruvian worm bursts out of the ground and catches and devours its prey with its large jaws (large in relation to the worm’s body, at least).
The new species of worm was discovered in the rainforest in Peru and it excited scientists. In the world of science glow in the dark insects are still pretty new and are still being studied. The primary reason for their glowing abilities is to drawn in prey, particularly in the night time. Once the prey has been lured in by the Peruvian glow worm, the bug opens its jaws up and devours the insects.
One of the scientists studying insects in the Peruvian forest, Aaron Pomerantz said the ability of the bug to emit bioluminescent light works in the same way the lamps and lights during the night time attract insects. But the Peruvian glow worm is more special because it can also explode out of the ground to catch its prey.
“They’re underground, and they burst from the earth,”
Researchers in Peru are continuing their study about the origin of the glow worm.
“[These insects] fly right into their jaws, and then they’ll just clamp shut and that’s their meal. Sometimes, they’re underground, and they burst from the earth.”
Pomerantz continued to write about the glow worm.