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Stunning images of glowworms in 30-million-year-old limestone caves in New Zealand

If photographer Joseph Michael isn’t working for the New Zealand tourism commission, someone get him a job quick. His long-exposure photos of glowworms in caves are simply amazing and make us want to pack our bags immediately!

These shots were taken in 30-million-year-old limestone caves on the North Island. Arachnocampa luminosa – aka glowworms – are exclusively found in New Zealand and are quite small. In fact, about the size of a regular mosquito. Glowworms are thought to emit their glow to attract a mate, with the glow being the result of a chemical reaction that involves luciferin, luciferase, adenosine triphosphare, and oxygen (that was for you science nerds).

If you love what you see here, you should definitely check out the glowworms in person. The caves are just three hours from Auckland.

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New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms
New Zealand glowworms

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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