A checklist of materials for rearing

aquarium/container __

water __

catfood/lettuce __

light source __

dish for ovipositing __

chart for recording time from eggs to adult

Possible Experiments

There are many scientific concepts in animal behavior that can be examined in the classroom using crickets as well as other available insects prefer light or dark surface?

Calling related to temperature

Can be attracted to a tape recorder playing their song

Can be attracted to pheromones on filter disk

Watching crickets

Compare crickets with grasshoppers to understand speciation, scientific nomenclature

measure how far they can jump!

Timing singing

Measure length and record growth

Watch males fight and pairs mate

Collecting techniques and how to prepare an insect collection

Forensic studies use of the fly life cycle to identify time of death

assessment ideas/ alternate assessment/portfolio

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