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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from New London Spicer Middle School 2012

New London Spicer Middle School
101 4th Ave SW
New London, MN 56273

Year: 2012
Teacher(s): Laura Molenaar

Coloration Correlation

Josh P, Jenna P

Is there a correlation between the color of monarch wings and the presence of OE? We came up with this question as an extension of last year’s project and from a presentation at the National Monarch Conference. To get all of our data we would first have to catch monarchs and raise monarch larva to adults. To test them we removed scales by dabbing some tape on their abdomens. We looked under a microscope to see if they are infected or not. We took two good pictures of each butterfly and looked at the coloring of the wings to see if there is variation. Comparing the picture to the scales we will determine if there is a relationship between color and the presence of OE.


Early Bird

David B, Dillon B

Our question is does the temperature affect when purple martens arrive in Spicer MN and the correlation with number of eggs. We came up with this question because we have many marten houses in are yard so it got us thinking about the correlation with temperature, arrival date, and amount of eggs. We collected data about once every week. We looked if the cubby had a nest and if it had eggs and hatchlings. There does appear to be a correlation between average temperature and arrival date of martin


High and Wide

Wyatt A, Jake P

The question we investigated was, "How does the height of the plant affect the size of the gall? We thought of this question because we were curious about the biology of gall. First we gathered 100 golden rod plants with galls on htem. Then we measured the height of the plant and the size of the gall.


Mission- Monarch Eggs

Jordan P, Paris R

Our question was how does light intensity affect how many eggs a monarch lays? We choose this project because were curious where it would be best to put the monarchs when we’re trying to get them to lay eggs in the summer. We put three mated female monarchs outside in full sun, partial sun and shade, or full shade for about 8 hours. We concluded that monarchs prefer to lay their eggs in partial sun and shade.


Oh, The Humidity!

Becca S, Abby S

This summer we raised monarch caterpillars and they all ended up dying. So we asked “Does humidity affect the growth of the monarch caterpillars?”. So we started to conduct an experiment to find the answer ourselves. We set up three containers with ten caterpillars per container. Each container had a different amount of moisture. We found that moisture does affect mortality.


Poisonous Plants

Justine N

My project poisonous plants is about the interactions of monarchs with mums.  I wanted to test to see if mums really keep insects away.  First I drilled two holes in two bins, and then I took a PVC pipe and put it in the holes.  I put the monarchs in the PVC pipe and let them chose where they wanted to go, because in the real world we don’t chose where they go. Then I plugged up the pipe and saw how long they survived.  I conclude that the mums barely affected it. Even though more monarchs went to the mums the mortality wasn’t very different. Mums only had one more than the non mums die every three days.


The correlation between the density of Danaus plexippus and Asclepias syriaca

Eli K, Ben L

Our project addressed, does the density of milkweed affect the presence of monarchs? We monitored the Stoney Ridge Farm for monarchs every Wednesday then we recorded all data. We found out that the density of milkweed makes a very slight difference. So in conclusion our experiment supported the null, there is little or no correlation between milkweed density and monarch density.


Where Did the Monarchs Go?

Grace A

The question I investigated was "Does the weather, heat and rainfall, affect where monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are found in the summer?" I chose this project because I was wodering why we did not see as many monarchs this summer.I used the MLMP website for the monarch and the NOAA website for the weather data.


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