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Traps in the darkness

It was just a common Thursday in Ibitipoca State Park. Cloudy sky and a soft rain falling over the mountains. As any curious biologist and nature photographer, I was looking for scenes that could bring me nice stories to tell. Some years before, I had visited a small cave in that same place, and I decided to come back and check it up. For my surprise, I found in the darkness of that cave something I was looking for many years: glow worms. Theses fantastic creatures are Diptera larvae (insects like moskitoes and flies) which have a very interesting hunting mode: they produce threads of a sticky substance that acts as traps for small flying insects. The larvae then moves through the threads and attack the stucked prey. Isn’t it fascinating?

TAGS: Brazil, Cave, Predator

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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© Augusto Gomes.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2016
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Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 25, 2017, 1:31 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
Focal Length: 50mm
Shutter Speed: 1/30
Aperture: f4
ISO: ISO1000
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