Watching fireflies is an
enchanting experience, there is nothing like cruising on a boat along the river
in the night to capture the beauty of this natural wonder. The best time to
watch is 1-4 hours after sunset. A nervous excitement fills most people as
they step into the boats, as the darkness is quite thick at first. In a
matter of moments your eyes adjust and the fairy like lights of the fireflies
line the shore. The fireflies inhibit the branches of a certain
tree, the "berembang" which line the riverbank.
the Firefly Park Resort Kampung Bukit Belimbing in Kuala Selangor you
will never cease to be amazed as one of the fast gaining worldwide
popularity site of one of the worldís most promoted fireflies (a tiny
wasp-like insects) colonies. These fireflies inhibit around the branches
of the berembang trees that grows along the riverbank.
Every night there is a stream of
electric driven motor boats that ferry sight-seeing tourists up along
the Selangor River silently to listen to the spectacular symphonic
harmony of these fireflies while viewing their luminous flashes of light
that is truly a magnificent sight to the eyes of the beholder.
fireflies in Kuala Selangor has boomed into a mini industry. The Firefly
Park Resort Kampung Bukit Belimbing is here to provide tourists with the
convenience of a comfortable abodes by erecting chalets along the
riverbank which take great pains as to not upset the ecological balance
of this natureís park. Built on stilts above clear
riverine water that have abundance of different variety of fishes, the
chalets also come with modern amenities
donít worry the childrenís playground, creatively designed; in
bright colours have all the necessary safety standards. If an
early morning jog is on the agenda a well-paved jogging track equipped
with recreational facilities is easily accessible joggers can take in
the beautiful landscape and fresh air without the sounds of traffic
are also called Lightning Bugs. Named as they are nocturnal luminous
insects of the beetle family Lampyridae, consisting of about 1,900
species that inhabit tropical and temperate regions.
The common glow worm
is a member of this family.
are soft bodied beetles which sizes range from 5 to 25 millimetres in
length. On the underside of the abdomen it have special light
organs that glows in luminous flashes. The flattened, dark brown
or black body is often marked with yellow or orange. Most of the
fireflies feed on pollen and nector but for adult fireflies they do not
What bring the
sexes together? The female fireflies will produce a short rhythmic
flashes that attracts the males fireflies. The females will sit on the
ground in the high grass to flash to certain male only. The female
chooses the males based on their flash pattern.
others feel that the flashing is not to attract the opposites but as a
mechanism of warning to advise predators of the fireflies bitter taste.
Unfortunately, some frogs like to eat them.
How is the
firefly light produced? They are produced under a nervous control within
special cells which are richly supplied with air tubes. Only the light
from the visible spectrum is emitted.
not bite, do not have pincers, do not carry disease and in fact they are
quite harmless. They cannot even fly fast. They have a life span of two
roads to Kuala Selangor are not of the PLUS highway kind, they are in
good condition for the most part it isnít however dual carriage way.
This means the drive can be intimidating for those travelling on rural
roads in Malaysia for the first time. For this reason itís
better to travel in the day light hours. So travel up on the Saturday
afternoon check in, later that night enjoy the fireflies the next
morning take a Sunday drive home.
Kuala Lumpur via Sungai Buloh (Route 54) or through the North-South PLUS
Highway, exit at the Sungai Buloh signboard and follow the signs to
driving does not sound good then are buses direct from the Pudu Raya Bus
Station or from the Klang Bus Station close to Central Market (Pasar