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Kuala Selangor Fireflies, a Magnificent Little Creature

Author C. Sanders. Published on May 21, 2011 - 3:27 am (1955 views — 354 words)

The firefly an almost forgotten, majestic little creature that once existed in abundance in Malaysia is now disappearing quickly, due to the fast pace of development. Luckily, these fascinating sky lights are still putting on quite the show in Kuala Selangor, 90 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur.

There are two locations where tourists can go to witness an evening never to be forgotten. Kampung Kuantan, and Kampung Bukit Belimbing. These places are in the district of Kuala Selangor.

The reason the fireflies are holding tightly to these areas is due to the population of mangrove trees, called berembang trees. They grow along the riverbanks of the Kuala Selangor river. The fireflies, or kelip kelip as the local language refers to them as live in these trees to feed on its leaves. During the daylight hours, the Selangor fireflies retreat to the nearby grasses under the mangrove trees.

When night falls.

At night, these little beetles will feed on the nectar in the leaves, flash their little green lights in a synchronized fashion, attracting mates. The insect produces a green glow that flashes as quickly as 3 times in each passing second.

What is interesting is that each of the trees have their own group of fireflies and each group has flashes in their own synchronized way.

Species.

The fireflies found in these locations are from the "Pteroptye tener" species and are ab6out 6cm long. Their lives are only as long as two to three months.

The best time to visit.

The best visiting time for the park is after night falls, usually around 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM. Its not advisable to go during a full moon, or a rainy evening. The park is fairly packed during the weekends, so the best time is during the weekdays when it isnt as busy with tourists.

When the green glow burns out.

When the creature finds its mate, it turns off its vacancy sign (flashing) and gets down to business. This usually happens in the park around 11:00 PM, however, the park is only opened from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM, so time your visit right.