Glow-in-the-dark mushroom

Neonothopanus gardneri
The Brazilian forest fungi put on a light show to attract insects.

The glow-in-the-dark mushroom Neonothopanus gardneri is one of the biggest and brightest of glowing fungi. The Brazilian forest fungi put on a light show to attract insects that will spread their spores, thereby helping the fungus colonize new habitats. The fungi’s glow follows a daily rhythm, lighting up only when it’s dark, presumably helping them to save energy.

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