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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from St. Odilia 2009

St. Odilia
3495 Victoria St N
Shoreview, MN 55126

Year: 2009
Teacher(s): Caroline Waskow

Box Elder Bonanza

Melissa P, Meghan R

Abstract
R-First we thought of what would be an interesting topic. Then we decided on an experiment that suited our topic.  We found out the current temperature, then we counted how many bugs were on the North and South side of Meghan’s house.  
E-We wanted to learn more about Box Elder bugs because we always see these little creatures but we don’t know very little about them.  So we conducted an experiment to learn more about them.  
R-We found that Box Elder bugs like warmer, more consistent weather.  And they like the warmer side of the house (South) even though it is only a tiny bit warmer (2 or 3 degrees).
U-Some of our uncertainties were that on some days it was raining.  So we didn’t get the best results we could have. And we only took results for five days.  If we had done the tests for more days we would have gotten more accurate results.
N- We learned box elder bugs like warmer temperatures than colder temperatures, and that they might like windy days because it helps them move around faster.


Bug Traps

Maya L

First I cleaned out a small pumpkin, a bell pepper, an apple, and a orange. Then put them back together with toothpicks. The I set each trap out for 24 hours. Then I recorded my results. The purpose of this experiment was to she which friut or vegetable insects like the most.  The inscects like the orange the best. The orange had 78 ants inside of it. The pepper had ine ant and one slug in it. The pumpkin had 9 ants in it. And the apple had 54 ants in it. Over all there wasn't anything that I was uncertain about in my experiment. In my experiment I laerned that insects prefer sweeter fruits like apples and oranges. I also learnded that there isn't a bid variety of insects later in the year.


Busy Buzzing Bees

Amy S, Mateo P

We wanted to know what flowers bees preferred. The options were the Marigolds and the Asters. First, we hit the bees lightly over the head with a newspaper so we could measure them. Next, we outside and recorded how many bees came to the Marigolds. Then, we repeated the process over again, but instead, we sat by the Asters and recorded for thirty minutes. Lastly, we recorded the results on the computer and analyzed the data that we collected in the past hour.

We did this experiment because we wanted to know which flowers the bees preferred, the Marigolds or the Asters. Another reason was that the bees could have had a preference on which flowers it liked because some bees could like brighter flowers or some flowers could have some nutritional value to the bees.

We found out that the bees liked the Marigolds better than the Asters. We had a 7 to 4 ratio.

The weather was a problem and wasn't favorable. It would have been an arduous task to record and do a fun experiment. The weather was cloudy and a little bit rainy. The bees didn't really favor the rain very much. We learned that bees hide under the flowers to get away from the rain. The Asters were droopy so it was the perfect umbrella for the bees. We also learned that it doesn't hurt the bees to tap them on the head with a newspaper.


Fly with Beads

Hannah H

We experimented to see how many beads a fly could carry and still be able to fly. We did this experiment because Mrs.Waskow told us about someone who did the experiment, it sounded interesting and we wanted to find out the results. None of the flies would fly once we tied the hair around them they would only walk around and some died. So they can not fly with any extra weight. Our uncertainties were the fly maybe was not able to fly because of where we tied the hair, and they could have been still in shock. We put them in the freezer for a while, then the fridge. Maybe we should of just put them in the fridge because it is not as cold. Another thing is, is that maybe we didn’t test enough flies, we tested about 14 flies. Some things
we learned are that anyone can freeze a fly and they can still live after the flies are taken out, and let them sit for a while. Maybe flies do not like anything tied around their body.


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