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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Other 2013

Other
(Various), MN

Year: 2013
Teacher(s): Karla Bisco

Big Roach, Little Roach

Adam S, Lucas L

This fall we observed false death’s head cockroaches. We noticed that most of the cockroaches in the bin were under the substrate, but one cockroach was above and running around. This observation made us wonder, how does the size of the cockroach affect the number of visible cockroaches? To test our question, we set up three bins with different size cockroaches in each bin. The bins had small, medium, or large cockroaches in them. We observed the number of visible cockroaches six times a day for four days.


Cockroach Waterworks

Asa H, Owen S

This fall we observed death’s head cockroaches. We noticed the cockroaches were more active when our teacher sprayed the substrate in the bin. That led us to wonder how does the amount of moisture affect the number of visible cockroaches. To test our question, we set up 3 bins. We poured different amounts of water in each bin: 25ml, 50ml, or 75ml. We observed the number of visible cockroaches six times a day for four days.


Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Alicia G, Symphonie W

This fall we observed death’s head cockroaches. We noticed that they do not come up from the substrate very often. These observations made us wonder how the amount shelter affects the number of visible cockroaches. To test our question we set up three bins with different size shelters in each. We built the shelters out of cardboard. The sizes were 8x8 cm, 10x10 cm, or 12x12 cm. We attached each shelter to a rock with sticky tack. Once our bins were set up, we observed the number of visible cockroaches 6 times a day for 4 days.


Take My Sunshine Away?

Sam N, Siddiq M

This fall we observed false death’s head cockroaches. We noticed that the cockroaches were more active when we observed them with the classroom lights off. These observations made us wonder how the amount of light affects the number of visible cockroaches. To test this question we set up three bins with different amounts of light in each one. The bins had full light, some light, or complete darkness. We observed the number of visible cockroaches six times a day for four days.


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