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Glow-Worm  Female Glow-Worms

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

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

The female glow-worm is similar in appearance to the larva and the two are often confused. Here are the differences to look for:

• They are up to 18mm long

• The females are dark brown coloured, almost black. The edges of each body segment has a pale pink coloured line.

• The body segments are curved over the back.

• The six legs have five jointed feet at each end.

• The antennae are much longer than those on the larvae. Each one has eleven sections.

• The females are never seen feeding.

• The females are normally seen at night, after dark, when they turn on their tail lights to attract the male glow-worm.

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