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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from St. Odilia 2007

St. Odilia
3495 Victoria St N
Shoreview, MN 55126

Year: 2007
Teacher(s): Caroline Waskow

Damp or Dry?

Madeline H, Selena L

Our question was, do millipedes prefer damp or dry habitats?  We put three millipedes in a damp habitat and three millipedes in a dry habitat.  We observed their behavior once a day for ten days.  We found that the millipedes seemed to look more active and crawling in the damp habitat.  Although one died, we do not believe it was because of the damp habitat. A possibility is it may have been older than the other millipedes, or was unhealthy before we started the experiment.  We found that our millipedes tended to mate often in the dry habitat, but they never looked very healthy.  One thing that we might have been doing wrong during our experiment is that we dumped them out on newspaper everyday to observe them.  This could have affected the female millipedes in building their nests in the dry habitat. We learned that millipedes prefer dry habitats.


Mellow Moths

Hannah Z, Rachel S, Annie L

 We asked how moths were affected by humidity. For an example, when we go outside, does the humidity affect how many moths show up? We would go outside, turn on the light, and watch for moths for 15 minutes. The purpose of this project was to find out if moths were affected by humidity. Through our testing, we realized that only three moths showed up on the three least humid days. Some of our uncertainties were that; it rained most of our testing days, and the time of day (which is also how dark it is outside) could affect our project enormously. Two new things we learned were that a things like the time of night and the temperature out could effect our results, and it would have been better to do it with warmer weather.


Probe the Pattern

Molly C, Malory F, Lauren K

      For the experiment, we tried to figure out if all box elder bugs have the same pattern on their back. We caught 26 of them, and we studied the patterns on their backs. Most of box elders were different and few were the same. Some had thick lines, and some had thin. There were red and orange looking ones. There are a few bigger bugs and some that were smaller. We learned that the box elder


Pumpin or Potato?

Ann G, Camille B

We decided to do a project where we studied what kind of bugs like either the pumpkin or the potato more, and in witch habitat they best preferred.
The difference between our results and hypotheses were very fairly close. For example; In Anne’s first pumpkin trial, she had 130 millipedes and 5 pill bugs, and the habitat was dark moist and dirty, and hypothesis # 2 where we predicted that “If the habitat is more moist, dark, and dirty, we might get more pill bugs than if the habitat was less moist, dark, and dirty.” And we found 5 pill bugs and 130 millipedes. Apposed to Anne’s pumpkin trial # 4, where we found no bugs, and the habitat was rocky, under a bird- bath and out in the open. Another difference between our results and our hypotheses was Camielle’s pumpkin trial # 2. Where we found 3 gnats, and we predicted that “We might find more fruit flies in the pumpkin than in the potato because fruit flies are attacked to fruits and the potato isn’t a fruit.” And since the gnat and fruit fly are so closely related, we decided that our hypothesis was half correct.  Apposed to Camielle’s potato trial # 2, where we found a big black betel and the habitat was in a sandbox under a swing set. So as you can see, our project was very successful and our hypotheses were very close. 


Racin' Worms

Beth C

My question was which can move the quickest; red worms, night crawlers, or garden worms? To do this experiment my dad and I built a 19 inch race track with two lanes for each type of worm. I put each worm in their own lane and timed them. I repeated this twice a day for four days. The reason I wanted to do this experiment was because if it rained, the quickest worm could probably get to the top layer of the soil first. After doing this experiment I discovered that red worms are the quickest and won the most races so they would probably make it under ground the fastest. The uncertainties in my worm experiment were that some of the worms could be more awake because of their hunger, healthiness, or temperature which could affect my experiment. Another thing that could affect my experiment was the noise in the room.


Red Light, Blue Light, What Color Do Bugs LIke Best?

Lianna M, Nicole B, Emily P

We wanted to know if flying, nocturnal insects were attracted more to a blue light or a red light. We wanted to know because it’s interesting to see if the insects have a preference. If we could find that out, it could be one of those obscure, fun facts. We put out two traps, one containing a red light bulb and one containing a blue light bulb. For seven days we put them at Emily Parriott’s house, and for three nights we put them at Nicole Bishop’s house. One of the ways this experiment could be more accurate is if we used more powerful lights. The results we got were for most nights, no insects flew in the traps. On the fourth night, we had three insects go in the blue trap and one go in the red. For the next five trials, there were no insects. Then, on the last trial night, ten insects flew into the blue trap, and three insects flew in the red trap. One thing we learned was that the humidity might have effected how many insects flew in the traps. We also learned that the insects were more attracted to the blue lights.


Yellow Lady Bugs

Our question was, are ladybugs attracted to a certain color?  We placed 5 ladybugs in a shoebox and placed blue, black, red, yellow, and green colored paper around them and gave them 1minute to choose what color they liked and recorded our data. Then put our data in graph form. After our experiment we found that ladybugs are most attracted to the color yellow, then blue, black and green and red tied at lest attracted by ladybugs. Some uncertainties were that the ladybugs didn’t have enough time or that they really didn’t care what color they were on they just wanted to escape the box.


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