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Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Update: The video has been removed from YouTube. You can find the BBC’s Planet Earth II nature series on Amazon. Enjoy these animated gifs of the footage via our friends at Colossal.

Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They’re hidden, until they begin to develop the incredible structures with which they reproduce. Each releases millions of microscopic spores that drift invisibly away…

And so begins this clip from Jungles, the third episode of the BBC’s Planet Earth II incredible nature series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

growing fungi time lapse
Watch as fungi of all shapes, sizes, and colors grow and glow in these incredible time-lapse bits, many of them by nature photographer Steve Axford. We also get to watch how an unassuming click beetle assists these glowing fungi. The series has yet to air anywhere other than British television, but we’re looking forward to watching all six episodes stateside starting from January 28, 2017.

bioluminescent fungi time lapse
steve axford blue fungi time lapse
Watch more fungi and more bioluminescence. Plus:
• Umwelt – Time lapse flowers mix with real time insects
• New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves in 4K
• What’s the fastest accelerator on the planet?

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