Last Day of Research in New Orleans
Yesterday was our last day of research. We went to the ecology lab at Tulane University to unload our caterpillar collection. We fed the caterpillars and recorded any life changes. Unfortunately, some of the caterpillars did not make it due to parasitoids. However, others are starting to pupate. This means they are building a cocoon to either turn into a moth or butterfly. It was neat being in the lab- there were much more space and research tools than the bunkhouse! It was also interesting to see other scientists research different things in their own labs. Check out the pictures.
Over the next few weeks, Scientist Mark and Scientist Rebecca will continue to record the life changes of the caterpillars to see if more die from parasitoids due to climate change. They will compare this data to the caterpillars they collected in the fall with a different teacher group. It will be interesting to find out the results. Do more caterpillars get parasitoids than ever before? We will have to stay in contact with them to find out some results.
1.) What is your hypothesis on this project? Do you think climate change is affecting the plant/caterpillar/parasitoid food web? How- more plants, more caterpillars or more parasioids? Remember an hypothesis is a prediction based on knowledge and research. Currently, since we are still collecting and analyzing data we are not sure of the results.