Foxfire

Foxfire can appear to be bark that glows in the dark but is in reality a sort of fungus that eats the bark.

Foxfire is the term for the bioluminescence created in the right conditions by a few species of fungi that decay wood. The luminescence is often attributed to members of the genusArmillaria, the Honey mushroom, though others are reported, and as many as 71 individual species have been identified. On the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin it was used for light in the Turtle, an early submarine.

In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer use foxfire as a source of light in order to dig a tunnel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxfire_(bioluminescence)

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