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Bioluminescent Fungi by melvynyeo Bioluminescent Fungi by melvynyeo
Foxfire, also sometimes referred to as "fairy fire", is the bioluminescence created by some species of fungi present in decaying wood. The bluish green glow is attributed to luciferase, an oxidizing agent, which emits light as it reacts with luciferin. Although the purpose is unknown, it is widely believed that the light is meant to attract insects to spread its spores or act as a warning to hungry animals, similar to the bright colors exhibited by some species of animals. Although generally very dim, in some cases it can be bright enough to read by.

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Gotterdamrung Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Wow!
I wonder if they could be grown indoors in a controlled environment.
It would make for a superb nightlight garden!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Not practical because they only live for a few days at most :) Actually, someone design something similar www.likecool.com/Home/Lighting…
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Skalle-Art Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful!
I wonder if there are some species of bioluminiscent fungi in Germany :D
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buhobotija Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
fascinating!.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you! :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Thank you!!!! :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Shinzerai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
This picture alone should be enough to make someone want to become a mycologist..
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
:) :) :)
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TaiBlack Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Fungis are soooo cool *-*
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thanks! :)
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UrbanFurest Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Had my first experience with foxfire earlier tonight. It was the myclium and not the fruiting body that glowed.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Wow! That might be quite a sight! :) Did you take any photos??
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Thanks! :)
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Digithalie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
c'est super beau
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Neo-dessinator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
wonderful !
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Myoketh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow where'd you find these at? They're amazing
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
In the forest of Singapore... Thanks! :)
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Samanth406 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shiny!!! :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Yeap! They are easier to find during raining season.
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I ought to make a lamp like this.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Lol...
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Drakavai Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
amazing and beautiful, nature at its finest...D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Ev3OfTheEnd Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is too cool :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks! :)
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