Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

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Lampyris noc­tiluca, up to an inch long

The male glow-worm might look like an or­di­nary bee­tle with hard wing cases, but the re­mark­able way its flight­less fe­male coun­ter­part’s body lights up—us­ing a cock­tail of chem­i­cals—makes for pos­si­bly the most mag­i­cal mat­ing dis­play of any crea­ture. The dim green glow emit­ted from her ab­domen at­tracts the quest­ing, winged males to her. Glow-worms are fond of eat­ing snails. Si­mon Lester

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