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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Rossman Elementary 2007

Rossman Elementary
1221 Rossman Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Year: 2007
Teacher(s): Shelly Gilson, Louise Neff

Do Box Elder Bugs have a color Preference?

Grace S, Katie F, Mikaela S, Trina B, Sam P, Jacob R

We were wondering if the Box Elder Bug had a color preference.  We already know that the Box Elder Bug comes out of hiding when it is sunny and or warm in the spring and fall.  Our hypothesis is that we think the Box Elder Bug would prefer the natural colors from their habitat.   To test our hypothesis we used 4 different color blocks of wood; two colors which do not occur naturally in their habitat, hot pink and orange and two colors which do occur in their habitat, green and natural wood color.  We used an aquarium, a heat lamp, several Box Elder Bugs and the blocks of wood.  Over a three week period or 15 school day, at designed times, we would count the number of box elder bugs on each block of wood.  We graphed our findings. 

Hisser drag racing, which fuel is best?

Christian T, Will M, Chandler H, Haley G

The kids screamed with excitement as the secretary announced the arrival of the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The kids were enthralled. After observing for an hour, we then drew pictures of the posterior & anterior.

We researched information about them on internet, & found out they liked fruits & vegetables. We decided to try different fruits & veggies & see how far they travelled after we feed them. Our hypothesis is the Hisser will travel farther when they eat the fruits, then when they eat the veggies. We then made graphs depicting our result.

Hisser Fits!

Sam B, Laura B, Jenny B, Ben T, Tory H


Hisser Fits! 

Jennifer Bellware, Samuel Bellware, Tory Haglund, Ben Tjepkes and Laura Boyle

When we received our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, we immediately noticed that theyhissed at us when we picked them up.  We wanted to know if we could train or habituate the roaches so that with repeated hadling by the same person the roaches would learn to not hiss at them.  We also tried exposing one of the roaches to repeated negative stimulus when handled to see if it would learn to hiss when it saw a specific person.  Our hypothesis was that we probably wouldn't be able to teach them.  We were correct.  After repeated handling by the same person over a period of time,  our recorded data showed us that the roaches reacted no differently than before. 

Where does a butterfly go when it rains?

Jack C, Macey C, Johanna J, Mathia O, Carson T, Byron V

We wondered, Where do butterflies go when it rains?  Our hypothesis was that they would seek shelter.  We set out to find out!  So, we reared 40 Painted Lady larvae into adult Lepidoptrea.  When the butterflies emerged, we created a suitable habitat with natural plants, rock pile, and ground cover in a shallow plastic tub and with clear plastic sides.  We put the butterflies in the habitat and after allowing them time to become accustomed to it, we made it rain on them.  We each had a butterfly to watch over and chart it's position at called 10 second intervals.  We did this pattern over a 15 minute span.  Our results show us that 2/3 butterflies prefer shelter over no shelter.  We charted our findings.

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