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Strawberries aren’t berries!

Strawberries are not berries. They are an “aggregate fruit”, forming from a flower that has many ovaries; the ovary being the part of the flower that eventually develops and ripens into a fruit. Once the ovaries are pollinated, the ovaries will smell and eventually from the strawberry. Actual berries, though, are what are known as “simple fruits”; they form from a flower that has only one ovary. Examples of actual berries that most people don’t think of as such include: tomatoes, and – believe it or not – bananas! (Their seeds are so tiny it’s easy to forget they’re there.)

Since they were discovered in 1887, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand have inspired wonder with their stalactites and stalagmites, glowing with tiny bright blue lights. The fungus gnat, Arachnocampa luminosa, which is unique to New Zealand, can be found in massive numbers in the caves. Their bioluminescent larvae cling to rock walls and hunt prey with long, glowing strings of sticky mucus. The larvae use the lights to attract insects into the sticky strings, where they are consumed.


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