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Do crickets like the light or dark better?
Transcript of Do crickets like the light or dark better?
Do crickets like to be in the light or the dark more?
The Background Information
Crickets phylum are arthropods
live under rocks, meadows, pastures, or and along roadsides
Crickets are omnivores and like to eat organic food or decaying plants
Most are nocturnal
The Background Information
Crickets breakdown plant material, renewing soil minerals
Crickets are found on the soil, hiding under dead plants or on live plants
Crickets have incomplete metamorphosis
In some cases it depends on what type of cricket you use to see whether the like light or darkness
Six crickets, a lamp or flashlight, a plastic box (shoebox), black construction paper, and a stopwatch. Crickets can be purchased at your local pet store
The independent variable is the light
The dependent variable would be the number of crickets on each side
The controlled variable would be the environment of the crickets and number of crickets total
Place crickets in shoebox with plasitc wrap over the top of it and use a lamp or any light to shine into the box.
Let the crickets get used to the habitat
Use a black piece of construction paper to cover half of the box
Observe the behavior of the crickets.
Use a stop watch for timing the crickets for 60 seconds to see how many crickets are on the side with the light or the side with darkness
Move construction paper to the other side of the box and time the crickets for 60 seconds
Complete for 3-6 trials
For the lighting an actual light such as a lamp could have been used. The dark side of the shoebox was successful in gaining the majority of crickets in most trails that were observed. The observations of the side of the box with light was not as successful as the dark side.
If the crickets like the light more, then the majority of them will go to the light.
My reports did match my hypothesis because I initially felt like more crickets would not go to the lighter side because you always hear crickets at night.
Cricket (insect). (n.d.). Retrieved December 16, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_(insect)
Cricket Information. (n.d.). Retrieved December 16, 2014, from http://insected.arizona.edu/cricketinfo.htm
Aniya Ballard, Brianna Mcclendon
These results show that the crickets prefer darkness more than light because the average for the crickets in the dark is more than half of the light