The Newnes

  • 1) The Newnes railroad was closed in 1932 after 25 years of shipping oil shale.
  • 2) The rails were pulled out of the 600-meter tunnel, which had been bored through the sandstone in the Wollemi National Park, and the tunnel was left to its own devices.
  • 3) Found in massive numbers in caves, the fungus gnat larvae cling to the rocky walls of the abandoned tunnel and hunt with long, glowing strings of sticky mucus.
  • 4) For Newnes, that meant becoming home to thousands and thousands of glow worms.
  • 5) The glow worm is a catch-all name for the bioluminescent larvae of various species, in this case, the Arachnocampa richardsae, a type of fungus gnat.
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