Search for Glowing Mushrooms

23 December 2010
Finally back to night shooting! Just a few subjects, but interestingly, we found quite a number of tiger beetles sleeping on leaves. As fast as they were in the day, these fierce little dudes were incredibly docile at night. But a more interesting discovery was a glowing mushroom. Yes just one, a bio-luminiscent mushroom that emits a soft green light when in total darkness!

Bioluminescent Fungi (Mycena illuminans?) - DSC_0654#1 UFO??

Bioluminescent Fungi (Mycena illuminans?) - DSC_0657#2 Nope! It is a bio-luminiscent mushroom! Glows in the dark, cool eh? This was just a tiny mushroom, about 1cm in height. Can’t wait to find a mass of them to give the feel of being in Pandora. lol

Stick Insects (Phasmatodea) - DSC_0536#3 First pair of mating subjects found before I even reached Wallace Trail! These Stick Insects (Phasmatodea) were pretty large, so I had to shoot from about 1 metre away!

Stick Insects (Phasmatodea) - DSC_0545#4 Shooting from the other side, where you can see the connection between the male and the female

Katydid (Tettigoniidae) - DSC_0550#5 A Katydid squeezing out from it’s moult. Often see the bugs moulting at night, but this is the first time I’m shooting this.

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_0593#6 Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) which flew deep into the bushes, I had to trudge deep to get this one

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_0614#7 Since I was already there, had to get a head shot!! Dimply faced, the amazing thing about insects is… every member of the same species looks almost identical. Even the position of the dimples could be exactly the same.

Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_0623#8 This was the Tiger Beetle that was found resting on many leaves. All of us had a Tiger Beetle to shoot at the same time!

Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_0631#9 Let’s look at it’s face!

Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_0644#10 Previous shot wasn’t close enough, adding more magnification for this one!

Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_0652#11 RAWR!!! It decided to bare it’s mandibles at me. Quite a sight!

Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_0664#12 A stubborn weevil closes it’s legs and plays dead

Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_0675#13 Opened it’s legs for a while, realized we’re still around and went back to it’s guarded mode

Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_0679#14 Side view of the weevil

Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_0695#15 Final shot of a turquoise coloured Tiger Beetle! Was hanging upside down, so I rotated it slightly

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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