Just What The World Needed: A Glow-In-The-Dark Cockroach

Posted by on August 23, 2012

Bioluminescence is cool. Catch a bunch of fireflies, maybe a few glow worms, put them in a jar and boom, you’ve got yourself a makeshift lantern. Good for those ominous nights you decide to go caving.

But there’s another species of bioluminescent insect out there, one you might not want to collect for fun: Lucihormetica luckae. A South American cockroach.

Their glowiness is actually the result of microbes that live in pits within their carapaces. You can’t see it with the naked eye, but shine a fluorescent light over one of these roaches and there it is. A cool, green-yellow glow.

Unfortunately, they might not be around too much longer, because their volcano home was destroyed when it erupted about two years ago. According to Discover Magazine, no specimens have been found since then.

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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.