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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Susan Lindgren Intermediate Center 2005

Susan Lindgren Intermediate Center
4801 West 41st Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Year: 2005
Teacher(s): Mike Farrell, Amanda Manning

How Many Adults?

Dallas E, Duncan W

In our experiment we wanted to figure out how many monarch eggs would reach the adult stage without dying.  We had this question because this year a lot of monarch were dying, so we wanted to know how many would reach a certain stage.  We started with 20 monarch eggs, and no monarchs made it past the third instar.  We're not sure what killed them all, but we think it was a sickness or lack of eating.  We learned later that a sickness was killing many monarchs this year, and one of the symptoms is that they turn black then turn into dust.


June Bug Life Cycle and Giant June Bug

Katelyn W, Rachel B, Leni B, Kathryn O

This collaborative project with Kevin Williams of the Bell Museum features the June Bug. Learn about the June Bug's life cycle, interesting facts about June bugs, and see a giant display of the different stages in the June Bug's life cycle.


June Bug Life Cycle and Giant June Bug

Austin B, Caycee B, Adam G, Ian G, Emily D, Morgan M, Tina T

This collaborative project with Kevin Williams of the Bell Museum features the June Bug.  Learn about the June Bug's life cycle, interesting facts about June bugs, and see a giant model of the adult and larva stage.


Which Side is Better?

Courtney G, Aaron T

In our experiment we wanted to know which side of a milkweed leaf, top, bottom, or side, a monarch caterpillar would eat most often.  In our experiment we found out that caterpillars liked the bottom of the leaf more than the top or sides.  It was unfortunate that the caterpillars died too fast, and that we didn't get milkweed often enough, and that they got left at school.  The two things that we learned were that monarch caterpillars like the bottom side of a milkweed leaf better and you shouldn't leave monarch caterpillars at school for a long period of time.


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