Hi! My name is Ms. Lombardi. Please travel with me to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day 5: Recording, Cleaning and Packing!

The sky is gray, so instead of doing field work, we decided to finish up analyzing and recording our data from yesterday. We also had to take care of our "caterpillar zoo" by cleaning their bags and feeding them. For the rest of the afternoon, we need to clean the bunkhouse and pack since we will be heading back to New Orleans tomorrow morning. It will take awhile to pack since this time we will have close to one thousand caterpillars to take back with us! It should be an interesting ride home. Hopefully, they will not get loose!

1.) Last night, the director of this research project- Dr. Lee Dyer joined us for dinner to further explain his research. He has researchers in Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona but also in Canada, Ecuador and Costa Rica. He continuously stated that it is important to observe the interactions of species, and not just focus on one species in relation to climate change. For example, we shouldn't just focus on caterpillars, but how they interact with parasitoids and plants. The more we study these interactions the more we can learn how climate change is effecting our environment. Can you make a list of other interactions or food webs that scientists could study to learn more about our environment?
2.) Before I leave, do you have any questions for Scientist Rebecca or Scientist Mark? Send me any questions and I will post their answers.


At April 24, 2010 at 6:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do tent caterpillars actually kill trees? If so how?

At April 25, 2010 at 7:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, they could study interactions between giraffes and trees, you know, to see if they can eat anything else. My question would be, roughly how many caterpillars per year do you find?


At April 25, 2010 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Lombardi,
If we have extra time in Science, we should do a brief lesson on food chains. I don't know that much about foodchains but one that I do know is how sharks eat shrimp, and shrimp eat plankton. Now I know another though. I know that parasatoids eat caterpillars, who eat plants.

My question, "We had to write why we think that entomologists are important, why do you think that your occupation is important?"


At April 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

before you go can you name some caterpillars after us

At April 25, 2010 at 2:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um well i don't really have any thing to ask but thanks for posting all the cool pictures!
- Chandler

At April 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have no questions.

By the way I heard on the newz that like yesterday or some other day there were alot tornadoes in louisianna and other places. My dad said the New orleans wasnt going to be affected and I was glad.

At April 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, sorting the caterpillar zoo sounds pretty boring. Have you gone to the lab in the city yet?

~Michael Maurer~

At April 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ms. Lombardi,
The catepillars are so cool!
I went camping this weekend and found a tent catepillar, and a tent catepillar nest in a tree! Bailey took some pictures and is going to email them to you.
Have Fun!!

Amelia :)

At April 26, 2010 at 9:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One food chain I now know is the parasatoids, caterpillars, plants one. I don't know many food chains. . .
I have a question, "We had to write why we think your job is important, why do you think your job is important?"

(Sorry if this posts twice it didn't go through before it would seem)

At April 26, 2010 at 9:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many legs do caterpillars have?
bye eric

At April 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many species did you find?
I'm thinking you found over 100 by now!?

At April 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many times has Scientist Mark gone to the field
-Michael F


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