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Bug-lights, Camera, Action!

Duration: 01:25

Headlamp beetles are part of the click beetle family but they are click beetles with a difference - two spots on their body that glow in the dark like car headlights! The two glowing spots on the back of their body occur due to enzymes that create light - something known as bioluminescence. Scientists think they use these lights to attract a mate. However, the enzymes also produce an orange light on the underside of their body that glows as they prepare to take off, much to the amusement of insect expert Dr George McGavin.

Credits

Camera Operator
Justine Evans
Camera Operator
Sophie Darlington
Series Producer
Jonny Keeling
Expert
Bryson Voirin
Presenter
George McGavin
Presenter
Gordon Buchanan
Producer
Rowan Musgrave
Executive Producer
Tim Martin

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The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World Central American Jungle

1/3 In Costa Rica, the team encounter some of the most frightening nocturnal predators.

First broadcast: 29 Jul 2012

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