Summary: Will Crickets Be Attracted To Fire

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[Type the document title] | [Pick the date] [Year] | [Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document. Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document.] | [Type the document subtitle] | Will Crickets Be Attracted To Fire? By Anthony Nahal and Bryan Huebner + = ? Question Will crickets have a previously unknown affinity towards fire? Hypothesis If 10 crickets have an affinity towards fire, then after 10 minutes more crickets will be on the side with the candle than on the side without one. Background Information Crickets are cold blooded and take on the temperature of their surroundings.…show more content…
Kinesis Behavior Taxis behavior is the direct response of an organism towards a stimulus, while Kinesis is demonstrated in random movement in all directions though unresponsive means, though possibilities of indifference or contentment. For example, if when we were to introduce the fire to one side of the container and immediately all the crickets scuttled to the other side, that would be Taxis movement; As well as if we introduced the fire and the crickets did not change their movement patters in the slightest, that would be Kinesis. Controlled…show more content…
Our experiment will be a controlled experiment, as before we are introducing the fire to the habitat, we are going to observe their behavior by themselves, and thus we will be able to notice if a difference in their patters arises under stimulus. Procedure Step 1: Organize all materials in an easily obtainable fashion, as events will happen quite fast and unless prepared a missed observation is possible. Step 2: Use a dark colored sharpie or marker to draw a straight line through the center of the container. Make it clear and thick, as this line will define the experiment. Step 3: Add 10 crickets to the container while being careful that they are distributed evenly. Start the stopwatch. Note that you are not adding the stimulus yet. Step 4: Over the next 10 minutes, observe the movement patters of the crickets. Are they showing partiality to a particular side? Do the crickets tend to clump up? Etc. Step 5: Add the lit candle to one of the sides of the container (be careful to record which). As soon as you do so, start the stopwatch and immediately observe the activities of the crickets. Record every minute for 10 minutes the behaviors and the count of crickets on each side of the container. Are the crickets showing Taxis behavior?

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