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Firefly season to peak in Taiwan

Firefly season to peak in Taiwan

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Many places in Taiwan are set to see the peak of firefly activity in May, when the insects breed, local governments said Thursday. In northern Taiwan's New Taipei City, the firefly season could continue through early June, according to city government's Agricultural Department, which has listed 48 hot spots for firefly watching. These places include the Yuanshan hiking trail in Sanxia District, the historic streets of Pingxi District, and the Emerald Pond in Xizhi District. Vistors to the city can observe over 30 percent of Taiwan's 60 firefly species, thanks to improved conservation efforts, said department head Liao Jung-ching (???). With the onset of summer, Namasia District in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City has recorded increasing firefly activity. The district has designated three firefly-watching trails in Takanua, Maya and Nangisalu villages, respectively, advising that the best time to spot the glowing creatures is between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Traditional firefly-watching areas, including Sun Moon Lake and nearby Puli area in central Taiwan's Nantou County are also encouraging the public to take part in their annual firefly festival. The Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration has launched a website at 0Bxzb0pdmdMHwYzRISG15dE95c0E/fireflyen.html containing details. Also in central Taiwan's Taichung City are government-sponsored firefly watching activities in the Dongshi, Dakeng and Xinshe districts. (By Cheng Chi-feng, Hsiao Po-yang and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-19 10:32 GMT+08:00