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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Fireflies , Kg Dew


After nightfall around 7pm, fireflies in Kampung Dew is another attractive skies getting darker spot to visit. Along the riverbanks of Sungai Sepetang had grown up with mangrove trees called “berembang trees” had attracted fireflies to grown here .



These are the trees where the fireflies or "kelip kelip" in the local language congregating the adult male fireflies congregate on the leaf of the berembang tree at night to attract females. Like other bugs their life cycle is eggs, larvae, pupa and firefly. Female firefly lays their eggs on the wet soil 60 metres inland. After hatching the larvae become a predator. The larvae main food is the snails. Its bites on to the snail, then release the toxin to paralyse and digest the snail internally. After that it will suck the digested juice and leave the shell empty. As a predator the larvae consume everything they could hunt. The life cirle of the fireflies is about 6 month with most of it time as the larvae. The adult firefly lived just 2 weeks to find thier mates. After mating the male firefly will die, the female dies after lying it eggs .



The best time to visit firefly is after nightfall at approximately 7:00pm to 11:00pm. It is also advisable to go when it is not full moon and not during raining evening . this tropical species are particularly noted for their light displays that will self-syncrhonize until you can see all the fireflies on a tree flashing to a similar rhythm .


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