DAY 4: Kayaking, Collecting, Analyzing and Raining!
There was a call for rain today so we decided to collect from plots in the morning. We split into two teams- terrestrial and water. I was part of the kayak team. We paddled through the bayou- this time AWAY from El Guapo. It was a little more difficult kayaking today, since we had to paddle through trees and logs in the bayou. I felt like I was in a giant maze! We marked our plot and found a ton of Tent Caterpillars. One part of our collecting process is beating the trees to get caterpillars that are above our heads. Check out the picture of me holding the beating sheet above my head! It was literally raining caterpillars. As you can see, I was not enjoying it too much.
Since it started to thunderstorm and downpour in the afternoon, we decided to analyze and record the data we collected from yesterday and today. We had to use caterpillar and plant field guides to identify some of the data we found. I was amazed at how many species the scientists knew without looking at the guides! We found some unique caterpillars once again, besides the many tent caterpillars from the bayou plot. Even though recording data is tedious, it was fun to do it as a team. We listened to music, ate some cookies and told jokes while we analyzed the data. Besides the experiments and adventures that science can bring, even recording data can be fun!
Since you have learned a lot about caterpillars this past week, write 6-8 sentences or more on why you think entomologists are important scientists. Would you find it interesting to study insects? Why or why not?