I'd like to thank Nicholas Guardiano for sharing his time, thoughts, and sense of wonder.


This analysis works to further understand the signs used in communication among the Photinus genus of fireflies, and discusses some of the implications of this investigation in regard to the cognitive thinking abilities in this species. It will describe why and how this sign communication indicates cognitive abilities. Through this interpretation I will also expand on the ways in which semiotic and zoological studies can work together to supplement areas the other may need expansion or clarification in.