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KUALA SELANGOR FIREFLIES

 

Fireflies second name to lay-men is understood as “Lightning Bugs”. They are nocturnal and luminous and 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. They shine in the night like fire to attract sexual partners.

Someone once described this firefly hamlet as the eighth wonder of the world. Why do fireflies only occur in this particular rendezvous? It is because the growth of the firefly must be mingled with the water flowing towards lowland, passing through forest, bushes and the natural un-disturb environment. The river flows towards the intersection of fresh and salt-water. One type of trees grow well at this area, the intersection of fresh river water meeting the sea-water. This trees growth bushy and inter-mitten is call "Pokok Berembang" in Malay. “Berembang” (Sonneratia caseolaris); trees must be something that fireflies fancy lot, in addition to these factors, the environment must be tranquil, besides the air being free from pollution and water from contamination. more on fireflies

Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill), Bukit Melawati overlooks the little town and is an ideal site for looking out at the Straits of Malacca. It was once used by the Sultan of Selangor, followed by the Dutch and British. Fort Melawati, a three-storey structure, on Melawati Hill was built on the 1780’s during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim. As it is at the strategic mouth of the Selangor River, this place was once the scene where many fiery battles took place between the locals and seafaring invaders.

Fort Altingsburg - Kota Melawati, Sultan Ibrahmin - the Second Sultan of Selangor built this Fort during his reign from 1770-1826. Later it was taken over by the Dutch for a short time and the name was then changed to Fort Altingsburg, named after the Dutch Governer of Malacca. The lighthouse were built in 1907.

Silver-Leaf Monkeys, Several families of Silver-Leaf Monkeys and Long-Tailed Macaques hang around here for peanut handouts from visitors. The Silver-leaf babies have golden fur as compared with the adults of a dull-ashen grey. These Monkeys are a delight - they are gentle and seem to always have a thank you for every morsel of food given. The long-tailed macaques, on the other hand, are generally a little more mischievous and if you turn your back for a second - you'd never know what they would d o. Always be careful when feeding the monkeys. Although they have had many interactions with humans, we must remember that they are wild and wild animals tend to be erratic sometimes.

Pasir Penambang is a Chinese fishing village town across the river from Kuala Selangor, located at left right after crossing the bridge. Rural in origin but commercial at heart, the town is now an important hub for tourism, with a wide chain of seafood restaurants, traditional markets and rustic shops. Typically, a day trip to Kuala Selangor will include shopping for fresh fish, dried snacks and local biscuits at town center, then later, seafood dinner at a Chinese restaurant (with a view of the river) before breaking to Kampung Kuantan or Belimbing to watch fireflies at night.

 

Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Belimbing is both striving jetty located next to the riverbank. the Mangroves thrive along coastal strips and river mouths, where freshwater streams meet that salty sea. Many different mangrove tree species make up these special habitats. But at Kampung Kuantan, the riverbanks are full of berembang trees (Sonneratia caseolaris); these trees grow well in brackish water and reach 8 km upstream and 18 km downstream to Kuala Selangor. There are many types of firefly beetles; the species (Pteroptyx tener) at Kampung Kuantan live in big colonies. At dusk fireflies gather in berembang trees to suck tree sap and flash to attract a mate.

 

Both males and females light up, but only the males do it together in unison. One of the longest stretches of a single firefly species found anywhere!

 

During daylight hours fireflies rest in grass, ground vegetation or muddy riverbanks. Two important things are found here: moist soil and a snail.

 

Female fireflies lay eggs in the soft soil, larvae emerge and feed on the snails. When mature new adults fly off to join the thousands of others sparkling the trees at night. This cycle is repeated over and over to supply the colony since a firefly life span is about two months.

 

 

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