I know this sounds crazy but last night when my husband stepped outside he noticed a purplish glow in one of the trees. At first he thought some kind of animal but when throwing a rock at it it did not move. Is there a plant or flower that glows a blacklight shade of purple? It was too high up in the tree to get a close look last night but we will check again during daylight and also see if it is still there tonight. I did get a picture of it but its barely visible unless you zoom in on it
That is intriguing! I don't know of any flower that naturally glows in the dark in New Hampshire. Apparently, someone has figured out a way to make any flower glow using chemicals or with solar-powered fiber optics and are working on genetically modifying them to glow by adding jellyfish genes (google "flowers that glow at night").
So, I have a few questions/suggestions:
You didn't say what kind of tree the glowing object was in. Was it, perhaps, a Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree)? I know our database doesn't show New Hampshire as part of this tree's distribution, but I know they grow in neighboring Vermont. A late-blooming flower on one of them would probably show up with a pale glow in moonlight. However, the moonlight would have been pretty meager last night according to the Moon Phases Calendar.
Could it have been one of those helium-filled balloons bought to celebrate someone's birthday or other special occasion that got caught in your tree?
Have you gone out with a pair of binoculars in the daylight and tried to find the "flower"? If it's a night-blooming flower, it probably isn't going to be very easy to find. It would be worth the look, however.
There are fungi that emit phosphorescent light (e.g., foxfire). Usually the light is yellow green, but there have been reports of reddish lights. One species, Panellus stipticus (Bitter oyster), occurs in the New England area and can be lumiscent, but its glow is greenish.
Then there are the glow worms (actually not worms, but larvae of a beetle in the Family Phengodidae). Some species in this family occur in the New England and as far north as southern Canada. Some Phrixothrix species larvae glow yellowish on the body and red on the head, although I think this species is limited to South America.
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