Photographer Captures the Magical World of Glow-Worms

Looking like a set of constellations within a cave, Joseph Michael captures the eerie glow of the mysterious worms known as arachnocampa luminosa, a bioluminescent gnat larva more commonly known as glow-worms. Found all over the limestone cave systems of the North Island in New Zealand, the females of the species are believed to emit the mystical luminescence as a way to lure mates and preys. Made possible by long exposure photography, Michael reveals the magical world created by the curious bioluminescence of the fascinating insects set against the dark backdrop of the million year old caves.

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