Our team chose to write about the Milkweed bug project because we found it more interesting than the painted-lady butterfly experiments that we also did this trimester. We made a chart for data on these bugs and at the end of the fifth week, we graphed the data just as the offspring were beginning to mate. Our team started with four adults (one male, and 3 females) laying a total of 72 eggs. Quickly hatching, the baby Milkweed bugs grew swiftly. During the second week, our team noticed that the new Milkweed bugs were dying off very quickly, though. Insufficient air holes, too many escapes through some unsealed parts of the habitat and the collection of unwanted pools of water may have been the cause. We cannot tell the cause based on the evidence we have. Out of those 72 eggs, only 25 grew up to be adults.
Milkweed bugs are considered true bugs because they have the insect characteristics of: six legs, a head, abdomen, thorax and two antennae and the true bug characteristics of overlapping wings and a sucking mouth part. We saw all of those features in our bugs, so that is evidence they are true bugs