The Aggies figure it out!

June 16, 2003 - 3:03 pm 5 Comments

I sent the picture of the mystery bug to Dr. John A. Jackman, a professor of Entomology at Texas A&M. He emailed me back today to say:

That is an adult male of a glow-worm. The family is Phengodidae and the genus is Phengodes.
The females are wingless, luminescent and look like larvae rather than a beetle.
The larvae are predators on other arthropods.

Thank goodness that’s cleared up! Here’s another picture of one.

5 Responses to “The Aggies figure it out!”

  1. resume Says:

    That is one creepy looking bug!

  2. Kathryn Says:

    That’s cool! At least it’s not a termite. And the whiskery things add a dash of flair. 😉

  3. Kenneth G. Cavness Says:


    My mother used to tell me the cutest bedtime story about them…

  4. Sharon Says:

    Too weird…I had one of these to crawl/fly/whatever into my ear last night while I was asleep. Excruciating pain for over 20 minutes trying to get it out. I emailed an entomologist at OSU and he told me what it was. That’s how I came across this site, searching for “glowworms”. My husband helped me flush it out with water, I was on my way to the ER!!

  5. Addlepated Says:

    Aaaah! Aaaah! Your EAR!? Aaaah! Aaaaah!