The Quillý'Efér (Stýrásh Quillý'Efér,
lit. "Dancing Fire") are
insect larvae approximately a
nailsbreadth in length. Their skin
is soft and transparent. They move by synchronizing thousands of muscles to help
Special Abilities. Their soft underbellies and abdomen give off a soft golden glow and they purr like a cat when they feel non-threatened. When threatened or when they feel threatened either by beast or person the Quillý'Efér curl up into a ball and a hard shell wraps around them to protect them from predators and they give off a shrill sound. The elves use them as their light source at night and as a warning device. If these insects sense an evil or unwelcome presence they stop glowing and give off a shrill sound within their hardend curled shell.
Territory. They live in the forests and woodland areas all over Caelereth.
Habitat/Behaviour. These larvae are nocturnal. During the day they crawl into holes or hide inside rotted wood curled up into their hard shells. At night they come out and feed on the nectar of flowers or leaves of trees.
Quillý'Efér are prey to any animal that eats meat. They are most vulnerable as eggs. When Quillý'Efér become adult larvae though their hard shell protects them from most, some animals with hard enough teeth can crack the shell and birds are known to drop them from the sky upon rocks to eat them.
Diet. Nectar from flowers and leaves from trees.
Mating. Once a year these insect larvae mate. The males give off a blinking glow much brighter than the females. They blink five times, then stop. If a female is around she blinks two times then stops. Once a male and female mate the female then lays up to 24 eggs glued to the underside of leaves and branches. The eggs are most vulnerable to birds and other predators. Most do not survive, those that do hatch within six weeks. The male usually dies after mating and the female dies shortly after laying her eggs.
Origin. There is no specific origin for this species, however it were the elves who discovered their unusual abilities and used them as light sources. Since the elves protect them they are mostly found in elven cities. The elves give them a special nectar that allows these larvae to be able to give off their glow all night without it going out. You will not usually see these larvae being used and taken care of by any other race except the elves.
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