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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Rossman Elementary 2010

Rossman Elementary
1221 Rossman Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Year: 2010
Teacher(s): Shelly Gilson, Jenny Lindsay

Can we turn ladybugs blue?

Tatum B, Gracie B, McKenzie M, Carter S

After learning that flamingos are born white and turn pink based on their diet of shrimp, we wondered if we could change the color of ladybugs by changing the color of their food source. We had three groups, a control, a group which was fed blue food in the larval stage, and a group that was fed blue food as adults. We were able to turn 100% of our larva blue, however, the ladybugs still appear to have emerged with their normal coloring. We are continuing our experiments and will have more results by the date of the insect fair on the adult group, as they have just emerged within the past few days.

Magestic Munching Monarchs

Wyatt C, Lily B, Elise L, Maren G

Do Monarchs have a preference of what they eat? We wanted to find out if Monarchs prefer flowers dipped in honey water or fresh slices of oranges. We put 3 Monarchs in the container along with a bowel of flowers dipped in honey water and oranges on a plate. We did this every morning for several days. We watched to see which one they went to and saw what they prefered.

The Amazing Racing Hissers

Mandi K, Justine L, Greta P, Cole M, Payton C, Collin M

We wanted to see which was faster, a boy or girl hisser. We thought that the boy hisser would be faster. We raced the hissers everyday on a track we created out of Kleenex boxes. The hissers each had their own track and were never placed together in the track. The track was a straight line surrounded by kleenex boxes. We timed how long it took each hisser to make it from the start of the track to the end of the track. the girl hisser won our amazing race!

Whom do Baby Hissers prefer, mom or dad?

Kevin B, Kaitlyn B, Grace L, Ravanna M

When our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches had babies, we were curious if they liked their mom or dad better? We decided to investigate. We placed the mom on the farthest left side and the dad on the farthest right side of three taped tissue boxes with the tops cut off. We placed the baby directly in the middle. We then observed whom the baby would go to first. We did our experiment for two weeks, three times a day, at 8:30 A.M., 12:30 P.M., and 2:30 P.M., for 5 minutes. We recorded our data.

Wild of Tame, which one likes me? Preferences of Adult Monarch Butterflies

Hunter C, Noah O, Breanna P, Caleb I

Do Wild or Tame Adult Monarchs prefer people more? We decided to become Junior Entomologists and investigate. We were curious about our one Wild Monarch Larva that our teacher found, and our Tame Larva that we reared in the classroom. We wanted to know if the Wild or Tame Butterfly would land on us first. We put one person in the cage with a Tame and Wild Butterfly for ten minutes each day at 10:00 A.M. We placed the butterflies at the top of the cage to start and waited to see what happened We did this for seven days, using four different people . We recorded out data.

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