5/6 Honors Biology
Mrs. Sheldon 7 September 2013
Behavior described: Crickets behave in a multitude of ways. Crickets will fight for a mate, and try to attract a mate by singing. Male crickets will also fight to protect their territory. The female crickets tend to be a lot less territorial than the male crickets.
Difference between male and female: The male and female crickets have very distinct anatomy. The males have the stridulating organ, (for chirping) and the females have the ovipositor (for egg laying). Males are more territorial than the females. Female crickets also tend to be larger in length and width than most male crickets.
Cricket diet: Crickets eat decayed plant matter and fungi. They eat by shredding their food with their mouths, then digesting the food. The cricket diet depends on the environment the crickets are in.
Where do crickets live? Crickets live in dark, moist areas such as wet tree bark. They also like warm areas where there is moisture and food. Field crickets tend to live in fields and meadows.
How do they communicate? Crickets communicate mainly by sound, scent, and touch. Male crickets chirp to send signals to each other. Mostly males use it to attract mates
How do they move? Crickets use their hind legs to propel themselves. This generates lots of energy, which they use to launch themselves from place to place.
Sources Cited: http://bugguide.net/node/view/31207 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_(insect) http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/orthoptera/Cricket.shtml http://insected.arizona.edu/cricketinfo.htm http://animal.discovery.com/insects/cricket-info.htm Problem statement: What is the effect of having multiple male crickets together with one female cricket?
Hypothesis: If having more crickets of different sex together is related to the interaction of crickets, then the more male crickets there are compared to female crickets, the more interaction will be exhibited.
Independent variable: Number of Crickets/the combination of crickets of different sex.
Dependent variable: How the cricket’s react/Difference in crickets behavior
Control: One male and one female cricket together in a container, to see their reaction to each other so we can see if there is any differing behavior between one male and one female, and two males and one female and so on (using different combinations of male and female crickets).
Run the control test, put one male and one female cricket together in a container. Record results. Run three trails of five minutes for each trail.
Test the first variable; put two male crickets and one female cricket in a container together. Run three trails of five minutes for each trail.
Test the second variable; put three male crickets and one female cricket in a container together. Run three trails of five minutes for