October is firefly time in Hermanus. These light-emitting beetles display their spectacular mating ritual for only a few weeks. Male fireflies of different species have different flash patterns so that the females will recognise the right mate to attract with her answering glow in the undergrowth. Females of some species are carnivorous and will imitate the flashing pattern of the male of a different species and when he approaches, she eats him.
Did you know you can join Whale Coast Conservation on an adventure to see the spectacular light display of these insects and to hear more about their secret life. Tel. 083 242 3295.