The Glow-Worms of Nanda Road Park!

While many of us rush off to the parks and the jungles, hoping to see birds and mammals, there are quite a lot of creatures all around us, which are, quite literally, underfoot and often not noticed.

Karthik , the Chief Naturalist of Jungle Lodges and Resorts, who conducts the Naturalists’ Training Program that I attended , had mentioned that he had been seeing glow-worms in a park near his home. Each year, for a few days around this time, he has been seeing the glow-worms in his own garden; but this year, he didn’t find them there, but in the park where he goes for his evening walk.

Since I was interested, I called up Pallavi, Vittal, and Anush. Vittal brought along his wife Santrupti and son Adu (dare I call him very cute?!) and we all trooped off to Karthik’s place where he gave us delicious Darjeeling tea, and we then walked (risking life and limb in the traffic, may I add) to the Nanda Road park.

Here’s a picture of a glow-worm in Adu’s hand:

glow worm in Adu's hand 190308 nanda road park

In the dark, the glow-worm looks like this (you must not laugh..that’s an “as is, where is” pic on my little S3!)

glow of the glow worm 190308

Even in the park, Karthik says that he has found the glow-worms only in this one small patch! Here is one, on the concrete siding in the park:

glow worm on the concrete siding on nanda rd park 190308

And here’s one that we found in the dry leaves between the bushes:

glow worm in the dry leaves 190308

In this snap, however, you can see the segment of the glow-worm that actually glows, when the worm lifts up that segment:

close up of glow worm showing the posterior segment (glow part) raised

And this grainy (sorry!) close-up shows how the worm glows, within the foliage of the bushes.

glow worm in the bushes grainy close up 190308 nanda rd park

Whenever we shone light on the glow-worms, they responded by bringing down their own glow, which was brightest in the dark. It was very interesting to watch these little creatures; Karthik says not very much is known about them, including the reason why they appear only for a few days, and only at this time! We were lucky that Karthik has such excellent observation for the tiny creatures that surround us, and is willing to share his observations with us….so we got to see the Glow-Worms of Nanda Road! :)

1 Comment so far

  1. A.S. (adyx) on March 21st, 2008 @ 3:09 am

    Very interesting post. Could you possibly give some more information about the Naturalists’ Training Program that you mention you had attended? Karthik’s website doesn’t mention anything. Any web links for the program? I’d be very interested in participating in such stuff. Thanks.

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