Glowing trees

Asked December 17, 2018, 9:53 PM EST

I have several trees in my yard, a boxelder, an elm, a mountain ash and a pine tree. There are glowing green spots. I found some information about this but I now see glowing red spots which I haven’t been able to find much info about. They are much brighter at night when the preceding day was very sunny. I don’t have a camera that has been able to take a picture at night. Can you help my figure out this weird red foxfire? It’s pretty amazing. Thanks!

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1 Response

Thank you for your question. Sorry for the day in getting you an answer. The most common explanation for this luminesence is fungi, explained here: https://blog.mycology.cornell.edu/2010/04/12/this-bark-glows-in-the-dark-bioluminescence-in-mushrooms/ But, as the following article explains, bioluminescence is far more widespread: https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/glow-in-the-dark-millipede-says-stay-away Without clear, closeup photos, it is impossible to ID with any certainty. You’ll need to be a sleuth! Good luck!