5 Best Places to See Fireflies
Fireflies are magical creatures. They are mostly used and seen on movies, fairytales or love stories. But, we should know by now that those are not real fireflies but rather a production of our technology for effects on screen. Well, there are actually different types of fireflies that are found in different parts of the world from North and South America to Europe and Asia.
It is also said about fireflies that they love humid and warm environments. They also love long green grass as they are nocturnal, and during the day they spend most of their time on the ground. The long grass provides the best protection, and it also allows them a better vantage point for signaling at night. Which of which of the theories or stories might be true? Today, we’ll be gathering the 5 Best Places to See Fireflies!
In Maharashtra, the best way to experience this place is to trek here. The commuting route is practically the same as Purushwadi, but from Igatpuri, you need to head to Samrad Village. Ask any of the villagers and they will accompany you on the trek. A simple arrangement can be made where the villagers can provide you with food. Along the way, you will see many fireflies at night. Watch these bugs put a glowing smile on your face with their luminous display.
A project in Philippines, the Iwahig Firefly Watching station eventually became a joint project with the local government of Puerto Princesa. Visiting the Underground River, this tour is very organized. Only 3 persons are allowed for each boat, while others wait in one area with their numbers in hand. Making a reservation can be beneficial since walk-ins will have to give way to those with advanced booking, unless the latter arrive late. There are 10 boats that leave at a given interval and return after a 35-45-minute cruise.
A small coastal village northwest of Kuala Lumpur, the village is renowned for the great attraction alongside the Selangor River that runs through the village. On this river, you can spot the famous fireflies (Kelip-Kelip in Bahasa Melayu) during evenings/nights. The fireflies all are found on the mangrove tree species called berembang. It is said that this is one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world. There are opening hours to take into account; you can visit the attraction between 8.00 pm and 10.30 pm daily (except for rainy days).
One of the best places in the entire world to see fireflies in action is in and around the Great Smoky Mountains located in North Carolina. The fireflies in this area are known to be incredibly active between May and June, depending on the air and soil temperature. They spend the two weeks during their highest peak flashing their bursts multiple times every few seconds.
The top spot still goes to United States. In Pennsylvania, you’ll find a top spot for watching fireflies. It was here where people first noticed the sheer number of fireflies that gathered in the area and, for a long time, it was considered the top spot for viewing. Now, the area in and around the national forest celebrates the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival every 4th Saturday in June. At the festival, you can learn from guides about fireflies, take in live music and games, and spend the night camping.
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