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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from Carondelet Catholic School 2014

Carondelet Catholic School
3210 W 51st St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Year: 2014
Teacher(s): Holly Stene

Differences between a wasp and a honeybee

Claire M

The wasp and the honeybee are different in many ways. My research will examine the differences in the insects' behavior, anatomy and reproduction. I hypothesize that the differences between the honeybee and the wasp benefits environment in many ways and aids in their survival

The behavior of the bullet ant vs. the army ant

Liam M

The bullet ant lives in Costa Rica and the army ant lives in Africa. My research will show that even though they are both ant species, they have many differences. On major difference is in the insect's behavior. I hypothesize the biggest difference between the ant species is the way in which they attack to defend their colony.

The harmful effects of mosquitos

Mosquitoes. They are little creatures that like our blood and make us itch. They seem annoying but they are much more than that. Mosquitoes are a food source to a number of animals (like bats, frogs, and spiders). However, I hypothesize that mosquitoes should be eradicated because they have killed millions of people worldwide and do more harm than good. In this report I will provide information about how adverse these small insects are.

The truth about the black widow's deadly venom

Zachary J

The black widow is the most venomous spider in North America, and some scientists would consider it the "deadliest spider in the world." However, my research will show than even though black widows are extremely venoms, there are many reasons why one shouldn't attack a black widow. I hypothesize that there are several spiders that are more venomous than the black widow spider. I hypothesize that even though the black widow spider is venomous, it benefits the environment and ecosystem in many ways.

Why bee pollination is a vital part to our society's survival

Lilly O

The purpose of my investigation was to find out how bees help the environment, and to determine why the bee population is plummeting. My research will show that bees are vital to our society because they pollinate many fruits and crops. Without bees, I hypothesize that that many food sources will begin to disappear and eventually many species will die off around the world. I hypothesize that the bee population is dropping because of the use of chemical pesticides, radiation from large factories, and global climate change. My research will show that there is a solution to keep the bee population from dropping even further - by preventing global warming and by stopping the use of pesticides on crops and fruit farms.

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