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Where are Glow Worms Found

Watching glow worms is truly a mesmerizing experience. These insects in their larvae stage have tails that glow. Pretty as their glowing tails are, these are designed for a deadly purpose --for their prey at least. Glow worms use their glow to attract prey and lure them into their webs to be trapped and devoured. These unusual creatures are typically found in Australia and New Zealand but can also be found in America.

Aside from our fantastic glow worm caves here on Mount Tamborine, read below to find out where else you can enjoy glow worms.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand

Known as the best cave to spot glow worms, the Waitomo Glowworm Cave is located on the North Island of New Zealand.  It is home to the Arachnocampa Luminosa glow worms that cover the ceiling of the cave like stars. For visitors to witness this breathtaking scene, they will need to go 150 feet below ground.

Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park, Australia

The Australia’s largest population of glow worms can be found in the Natural Bridge cave. Blue sparkling lights cover the cave’s ceilings and hangovers giving visitors the feeling of being in a planetarium. It is best enjoyed at night from December to March.

Dismals Canyon, Alabama, USA

The North American Ofelia Fultoni, also known as Dismalites, are the reason for the blue green glow of the dark forests and caves in the Dismals Canyon. Visitors may see the beauty of the bioluminescent creatures at night with a guide during spring and summer time. As there are no lights in the canyons during the night, visitors are advised to bring portable illumination.

Te Anau Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Cruising along Lake Te Anau in a small boat will lead visitors to the narrow glow worm grotto. The shiny sparkling ceilings of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves can be viewed either day or night.  Visitors may need to bend upon entering the caves due to narrow limestones passages which are still being sculpted by the river until now.

Melba Gully, Great Otway National Park, Australia

Glow worms ideally inhabits in dark, dense, and humid places. Hence, the Melba Gully known as the “Jewel of the Otways” is the perfect habitat for these glowing creatures. They can be seen at night glowing on ledges and along walking tracks. Visitors are advised not to flash lights directly at the insects as they have the tendency to hide their glow. The best time to witness this starlight beauty is during the wetter months of the year – December to March.

Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington, New Zealand

Visiting the capital of New Zealand? Don’t miss a chance to witness glow worms in the Botanic Garden located in the heart of the city. You can visit anytime as the garden is free for everyone, but the sparkling insects are best watched after it has rained on spring nights.  

Hokitika Glow Worm Dell, New Zealand

Just a minute walk from the road, you can enjoy a mini fairy land scenery in the cutest glow worm dell in Hokitika. The glow is present year-round but only in the dark. Don’t forget to bring your own torch but never shine your light on the insects. 


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