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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Other 2009

(Various), MN

Year: 2009
Teacher(s): Annette Strom, Karla Bisco, Susan Koppendrayer

Crickets in Their Habitat

Genevieve B

My question was which habitats do crickets like better?  My hypothesis was that I thought the crickets would like sand better than the other habitats because it was a new habitat for them.  For my project I put eight crickets in a container with four different habitats: sand, soil, sticks and crumpled newspaper.  My data shows that crickets like a pile of sticks better than any of the other habitats.

Crickets... Light or Dark

Johannah M

I was wondering if crickets prefer light or dark.  To test this question I set up a container with light and dark conditions.  My hypothesis was that they would prefer dark because I've observed them hiding.  It turns out that my data shows that crickets do prefer the dark.

CSI Insects

Anna A, Karl F, Ellen V, Sydney S, Shawn P, Sophie D, Derek G, Mitchel K

Have you ever watched the television show CSI and wondered if it is true to life?  Our research showed us that at least the forensic entomology sections are very realistic! Come see our museum exhibit to see which insects forensic scientists use to solve crimes and learn some interesting things about each type. You will find out when the insects are attracted to the body , what stages are found on the body and what they feed on which all help forensic entomologists to establish the time of death.  Welcome to CSI Insects!

Do Lady Beetles Eat More in the Dark?

Amelia M

For my project I decided to see if lady beetles eat more in the dark.  My hypothesis was that the lady beetles would eat more in the dark because I observed that they didn't eat very much in the light.  I had two containers with about twenty-five lady beetles in each.  One container had black paper on all sides and the other was open to the light.  I put four white cotton balls, that had each absorbed 3 table spoons of sugar water, in each container as a food source.  I observed every fifteen minutes for two hours.  I concluded after analyzing my data that they ate more when it was dark.  

Goldenrod Ball Gall Escape Tunnel. Do insects have a preferance?

Jessica O, Danae S, Annika N

Could you imagine spending almost a year inside a plant?  That's what a goldenrod gall fly does.  A gall is a bump that forms when an insect larva irritates a plant. The insect larva stays inside the gall until it emerges as an adult insect. The goldenrod gall fly lays its eggs on the stem of goldenrod in the spring and the larva spends 50 weeks inside the gall until it emerges early the next spring. When we dissected the goldenrod gall we discovered that the goldenrod gall fly makes an escape tunnels that will be used by the mature insect the following spring. This experiment tried to figure out if a fly larva will build its escape tunnel in a particular place in the gall. We thought the goldenrod gall fly would prefer to build its escape tunnel in the lower hemisphere of the gall.  We discovered that 66.5% percent of all galls dissected had larva escape tunnels at the top of the goldenrod ball gall.

Life in a Rotting Log

Andrew O, Meeso B, Taj B, Austin M, Cheyenne H

Our 5th and 6th grade class has been studying ecology this year.  As part of our unit, we thought it would be interesting to learn about different organisms that live on the floor of a  deciduous forest.  We observed the behaviors of millipedes, darkling beetles, pill bugs, crickets, and bess beetles within a rotting log ecosystem.  We also did research to help us learn about the size, anatomy,  predators, defences, and adaptations of each of our organisms.  This helped us create a to scale model of a rotting log ecosystem.

Will Lady Beetles Eat Other Foods?

Victor F

My question was will lady beetles eat other animals' food?  I hypothesized that they would eat other animals' food.  To test this question I put cat, dog, fish, and cricket food in a container with lady beetles.  Every ten minutes I tallied how many lady beetles were in the food containers.  My conclusion was that lady beetles will eat other animals' food.

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