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A bioluminescent larva or a wingless wormlike female of certain insects, especially fireflies and beetles of the family Phengodidae.



the larva or wingless female of a beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, which emits a sustained greenish light. Compare firefly.
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Noun1.glowworm - the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a fireflyglowworm - the luminous larva or wingless grub-like female of a firefly
lightning bug, firefly - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
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Close to Roturua are the Waitomo Caves, another destination that requires visual adjustment to darkness to be able to behold the star of the place: the arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species endemic to New Zealand that, in their millions, hanging on the cave's ceiling and crevices, create a breathtaking universe of light amid spectral darkness, as visitors on boats glide silently on the river below.
Table 1--Parameters Define for GSO Parameter Description i glowworm (i) (xi(k),yi(k),zi(k)) current position f(xi(k),yi(k),zi(k)) objective function value [lambda] fluorescein value w fluorescein update rate [gamma] intensity absorption coefficient [r.
The glowworm swarm optimization (GSO) [16] proposed by Krishnanand and Ghose is a new type of swarm intelligence optimization algorithm; it has a higher efficiency than the traditional swarm intelligence algorithms in solving multimodal problems [17].
But for a species of glowworm in Finland, the females that glow the brightest are not only the most fertile, but they may also be the most pursued by mates, researchers report in the October Biology Letters.
International contributors in information technology, electronics engineering, theoretical physics, and computer science present metaheuristic optimization (MO) methods inspired by various phenomena in nature and man-made activities, such as fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, particle swarm optimization, glowworm swarm optimization, bee algorithms, and ant colony algorithms.
The Irish group - twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Sinead O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou - were signed to Glowworm Records, an Epic label, in 1997.
There is a glowworm which shines from your left eyes when you (she)
VITAL: The view from the German battle cruiser Admiral von Hipper as it bombed HMS Glowworm during the Battle of the Atlantic on April 1940 (main picture) where, left, Captain Johnny Walker's fabled second escort group eventually helped defeat the constant threat of the U-boats to supply convoys
Give us some light here,' someone yelled above the screaming of the horses and Nick stood where he was, holding tight onto a plunging Rowena's head rope, until a glowworm of light bloomed in the darkness, showing a man down and a horse cast in a tangle of flailing hooves and screaming panicking horses.
Roope commanded HMS Glowworm, which was sunk in a suicidal attack on the German cruiser Hipper, whose commander recommended the award.
Highlights include a visit to the Waitomo Caves, with its stalactites and stalagmites, and a guided tour of the Glowworm Grotto, where the boat moves silently through thousands of pinpricks of light.
That is fantastic news as this will save many lives, and help some of the worst off in society, but could they go one further and force Erimus housing to upgrade their old glowworm boilers to something a bit more efficient?