SELANGOR 雪兰莪   .   KUALA SELANGOR FIREFLIES

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The river that runs through Kuala Selangor is home to a strange insect that resembles a small wasp but comes out only during the night. Instead of a painful sting at the tail end, this bug emits a yellow light from the abdomen which it uses in courtship behaviour. The phenomenon created by large numbers of these fireflies, flashing randomly along the river mangroves, has been been decribed as nature's very own Christmas lights. Scientifically, the type of firefly found in Kuala Selangor belong to the Pteroptyx tener species. Similiar members can be found in lowland tropical rainforest to as high as the highlands, but usually, you will only find one or two individuals at a time.

It is only here in Kuala Selangor that you find such large groups congregating together in a bright display of lights, much to the awe of visitors and tourists. The fireflies are only fond of one type of mangrove plant, which is the 'Berembang' tree or Sonneratia Caseolaris. The Berembang trees are one of many different types of vegetation that have adapted to life in a mangrove ecosystem. They grow in clumps along the edges of specific river sections. In the local language, fireflies are called 'kelip-kelip', which is a word play on their random flashing. During the day, they are hidden among the trees and plants in deep sleep. Once night sets in, usually at 8 pm, the fireflies will come out to play and mate for a few hours, retreating between 10-11 pm.

Opening Hours 7pm - 11pm
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Address Jalan Club, Kuala Selangor, Selangor
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