The Physiology of Firefly

By Casie Hermes
Fall 2006

In order to communicate with each other and ward off predators, fireflies employ bioluminescence, a phenonmenon in which light energy is produced via internal chemical processes. If you are interested in learning more about the mechanism and purposes behind this reaction, or the organs that produce it, click one of the links on the left side of this page.

(Permission from Robin Scagell -

This website was created as a part of a class project in the
Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College.

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