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Glowworms aren’t the only organisms capable of producing and emitting light. Bioluminescence can be found in a wide variety of creatures, from jellyfish to fungi to fireflies. The glowworms in Michael’s photographs are Arachnocampa luminous, a species of fungus gnat with a bioluminescent larval stage. Endemic to New Zealand, these larvae use their beautiful blue-green glow to attract prey.

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Photographer Joseph Michael captured these images with his Nikon D810. Although Luminosity was shot in his home country, Michael’s talents have taken him around the world in search of the “rare and sublime in the natural world.”

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