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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Rossman Elementary 2014

Rossman Elementary
1221 Rossman Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Year: 2014
Teacher(s): Shelly Gilson

Mums the word... Or... Purple Coneflower?

Oliva G, Abby L, Stella R, Rileigh S

My students raised Monarchs from the larva stage. They know the only thing Monarch larva eat are Milkweed leaves. They were curious as to what they eat as adult Monarchs. Their research stated Monarchs suck nectar from flowers using their proboscis. My students have seen Monarchs in the wild sipping on Mums and Purple Coneflowers. Since their Monarchs emerged in the fall, 4th generation Monarchs, they wanted to know what flowers they would prefer in the fall, as they migrate to Mexico. So their question is: Do 4th generation Monarch's have a preference for Mums or Purple Coneflowers?


To Hiss or Not to Hiss

Jade A, Ivy G, Cade J, Charlie K, Kylie K

We love our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed that they hissed when Mrs. Gilson picked them up. Mrs. Gilson said they always do that until they get used to being handled. We were wondering which Hisser, Male or Female, would stop hissing first, after being handled. We also noticed that Mrs. Gilson talked to the Hissers and gently stroked their back. We want to run an experiment just like that, using two males, and two females.


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