All aglow at Ketton Quarry nature reserve
Posted 30th July 2010
A spectacular 30 glowing female glow-worms were spotted during a Bats and Glow-worms walk at the Trust's Ketton Quarry nature reserve, guided by LRWT Senior Conservation Officer Jenny Harris.
"This was the best count in Rutland for many years and was thanks to the sharp eyes of the very keen group of counters who were out that night," Jenny said. "This is always a late night but very much enjoyed by everyone who comes out."
The previous week 14 glowing females were counted during a similar guided walk.
The female glow-worm, who cannot fly, displays to attaract a mate (the males can fly). She only starts to glow when the light around her starts to fall, and will stop glowing once mated.
It is an enchanting sight that is rarely seen nowadays, except in a few special places such at Ketton Quarry nature reserve.
Photograph: Glow-worm at Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve by David J Slater (djsphotography.co.uk)
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