Yes, there are real glow-in-the-dark critters in California. Filmmaker Owen Bissell joined entomologist Dr. Paul Marek to showcase the hundreds of bioluminescent millipedes (Motyxia sequoiae) in the Sierra Nevada. It was the first time this species was filmed in the wild. #bestjobever
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The scientists now think these millipedes' greenish light is the result of their bodies' response to heat stress at lower elevations. As the species moved up the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it later evolved into a warning signal. Read more about the discovery of how the millipedes got their glow: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150504-glowing-millipedes-evolution-insects-animals-california/
Watch more of Bissell's footage of the millipedes. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/150504-glowing-millipedes-vin
Paul Marek is a National Geographic Society Expeditions Council grantee. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/expeditions-council/
PRODUCER: Carolyn Barnwell
EDITOR: Andrew La Fontaine
SERIES PRODUCERS: Chris Mattle and Jennifer Shoemaker
GRAPHICS: Chris Mattle
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