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Glow-Worm  Glow-Worm Larvae

Glow-Worm Larva - Photo  Copyright 2005 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Glow-worm larvae are similar in appearance to the female glow-worm, and the two are often confused. Here are the features to look for:

• The larvae are up to 25mm long.

• They are dark brown coloured, almost black. On the corner of each body segment there is a pale pink or pale orange coloured spot.

• The body segments are flatter than those of the adult female.

• The six legs are pointed at each end.

• The antennae are short compared to the adult. If you look close you'll notice each one has four sections.

• The larvae are sometimes seen feeding on snails.

• At the end of the tail end is an extendable tiny white brush. This is used for cleaning the sticky snail slime from their mouths and also like a prop, or extra leg.

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