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Kampung Kuantan Fireflies

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Take an evening canoe trip down the Selangor river and the canopy of stars over head will seem larger and will blink more than you’re used to…

That’s because they won’t be stars over head but one of the worlds largest colonies of fireflies. The synchronised flashing of their green-yellow lights is a firefly mating ritual and thousands of fireflies put on their show every night as they search for mates. Both the males and the females can flash, but the males are organised enough to flash in unison.

Kampung Kuantan Fireflies.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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Best time to see fireflies

I understand this firefly phenomenon does not occurring throughout the year. There are peak times to see the fireflies. Can you please advise on the best time to view this event.

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The fireflies actually put on their show all year round, the thing to consider for the best possible light show is the weather - you're looking for fine weather on a clear night. If you can avoid going on the weekend there will be less people, so more quiet and a marginally better experience.

...and it's in the evening so don't go in the middle of the colder season, or in the wet - even if it's not raining the mozzies are worse. You'll still be able to see the fireflies but it won't be in quite as much comfort.

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