Experiments and Studies for Members in Advanced Units

Experiments and Studies for Members in Advanced Units

The following experimental studies may require too much time or apparatus to be conducted as demonstrations. How- ever, they are within the realm of advanced members to conduct as special projects. Outline guides for the topics marked with an asterisk(*) are available from the 4-H Ento- mology State Specialist.

  1. *Insect survey of a particular plant--An observational study to show the diversity and change in insect populations on a plant over a period of time.
  2. Light trap survey of the sod webworm--Light trapping can provide information for timing the application of insecticide controls. Information will vary depending on the geographic area.
  3. The effects of diet on insects--For instance, rear cecropia moths on different host plants to observe differences in size and/or color of the caterpillars and moths. Does host plant affect the number and/or viability of eggs laid by the moths? Is the life cycle shorter or longer when the insect is reared on different plants, etc.?
  4. Genetics--Drosophila flies and instructions are available from biological supply houses for genetic experimentation and study.