Glowworms

Glowworms

 Glowworms are one more wonder of nature. They belong to the bioluminescent realm and today is their day on StampNinja.

 

Glowworms

Glowworms are actually not true worms, but rather a larval stage of fungus gnat. Three genera of fungus gnat, known as glowworms, are bioluminescent. We separate them in:

  • Genus Arachnocampa – found in Australian and New Zealand
  • Genus Orfelia – found in North America
  • Genus Keroplatus – found in Eurasia.

We already had an article related to the bioluminescent life so this could be a good place to check few more details.

 

Glowworms

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New Zealand Native Glowworms

2016/03/02

Denominations: 2.50, 2.00, 1.40 and 0.80 NZD (New Zealand Dollar)

 

Their bioluminescent property, the blue-green glow they emit, is the result of the chemical reaction and these organisms can usually be found in caves and other places with low light presence. They could also be found outside caves, but their effect is the most spectacular indoors.

 

Stamps

In 2016 New Zealand Post issued a set of stamps and sheets called “New Zealand Native Glowworms”. The motifs used on these stamps are from 4 caves in New Zealand: Mangawhitikau Cave (0.80 NZD), Nikau Cave (1.40 NZD), Ruakuri Cave (2.00 NZD) and Waipu Caves (2.50 NZD) and these photographs were taken by Joseph Michael.

 

Glowworms

Copyright© 2016 New Zealand Post. All Rights Reserved.

New Zealand Native Glowworms

2016/03/02

Denominations: 0.80, 1.40, 2.00 and 2.50 NZD (New Zealand Dollar)

 

Besides stamps, there is also beautiful FDC which includes 4 “large” stamps and also the smaller one stand-alone stamp.

 

Glowworms

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New Zealand Native Glowworms – FDC

2016/03/02

Denominations: 2.00, 0.80, 1.40, 2.00 and 2.50 NZD (New Zealand Dollar)

 

And if you ask yourself, yes, yes, they do, they do glow in the dark 😊

 

Glowworms

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Nature is truly fascinating and glowworms are one more example that undoubtedly proves that. If you liked this article, there is a great chance you’ll like our previous article on bioluminescent life, so be sure not to miss it.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Dave Francis Rodrigues · April 19, 2018 Reply

    Interesting… the wonders of mother nature!

  2. Mel · October 30, 2018 Reply

    Indeed, a wonder of nature. So beautiful, I so want this sheet for my collection!

  3. Mel Green · October 30, 2018 Reply

    Beautiful organisms indeed!
    I want to add this sheet to my collection, thanks for sharing 🙂

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