A firefly shining his light.
A firefly shining his light. Contributed

Fireflies are lighting up the Killarney night sky

TIME is running out to witness the spectacular display put on by the fireflies in Main Range National Park.

Warwick Visitor Information Centre supervisor Charee Aspinall said this natural wonder only occurred for about one month every year.

"From late October to late November is the best time to see the fireflies, between 6pm and 8pm," she said.

"In the early evening, flashing lights can be seen cruising around in the forest and quite often, they will land on and light up anyone walking by."

SOTE science teacher Ray Licence has been to see the fireflies on several occasions.

"It is a bit like a fairyland when they all light up," he said. "They twinkle."

Mr Licence said he had a passion for all things nature.

"Fireflies are a beetle that comes out and you can get quite a few hundred at a time," he said.

"It is great for little kids to go and watch."

Ms Aspinall said glow worms could also be spotted illuminating the caverns near Queen Mary Falls National Park.

"To celebrate the firefly and glow worm frenzy, the village of Killarney is offering some great incentives to encourage visitors to stay and enjoy their hospitality," she said.

"Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park and Cabins will open until 7pm each Friday and Saturday for the duration of the firefly season (November) with a limited menu available and those looking for accommodation will find something to suit all budgets and styles in the Killarney area.

"On offer are boutique bed and breakfasts, powered campsites, self contained cabins or motel style accommodation.

"Powered BBQs are available at Brown's Falls picnic ground, which is well lit and provides a great spot for a family meal before venturing up to Queen Mary Falls to witness the fireflies."



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