A Jewel of The Otways – The Delights Melba Gully Await You…

Looking somewhere cool and shady? Try a visit to Melba Gully…
Known as the Jewel of the Otways, this is one of the wettest places in the state. The gully has prolific plant growth and is a dense rainforest of Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Tree-ferns,
with an understorey of low ferns and moss.

Glows Worm Chandelier

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Glow Worm Chandelier in Melba Gully

Glow worms

The glow worm isn’t a worm at all, but the larvae or maggot of a mosquito-like fly. Only three glow worms have been described in Australia

Arachnocampaflava

is a species endemic to Queensland. Glow worms can be found in shady, protected places with high humidity. You might find them in cuttings, creek banks, rock faces and the roots of fallen trees.

Glow worms build ‘snares’ made of silk fibres coated with mucous. The snares consists of tubes in which the glow worms are suspended, as well as long, hanging filaments coated in sticky beads of mucous. The glow worms emit a pale light which attracts insects toward the sticky threads of their snare. The blue/green light is a product of a chemical reaction between luciferin (a waste product), the enzyme luciferase, adenosine triphosphate (ATP – the energy molecule) and oxygen. The snare usually catches small bugs such as midges, but insects as big as cockroaches can be entrapped

http://www.wettropics.gov.au/fireflies

 

 

Download this Park Note for more information about this wonderful part of the Great Otway National Park

 

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Melba Gully at Midnight – Photo Credit Tim Lucas

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