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# Insect-O-Rama

Team: 67

School: MELROSE HIGH

Area of Science: Entomology

Interim: Bug Population Control- Bug Off!!!
Team: 67
School: MELROSE HIGH
Area of Science: Entology, Ecology

Interim: Problem Definition:
Our problem deals with controlling insect infestations. To do this we are going to make a model of a house including everything that an average home would have (garage, shed, pond, ect.,). Basically we are going to choose variable numbers of bugs of selected species and see how they interact with one another, with humans, animals and the environment. Our model will show their life styles, their strengths and weaknesses, how they interact, and also what they need to survive in this house. By us knowing these things we will be able to show the effectiveness of different control methods to keep their populations regulated.

Problem Solution:
To solve our problem, we are going to use the computer program StarLogo. So far we have designed our model for our house and its surroundings. We selected the representative insects which we will use, and we have found out the basic life cycle, life styles, environmental needs, and the predator/prey relationships for all of our models components. This year we are still researching over each individual insect in order to narrow down and specifically use in our project.
Our model will mathematically show the relationships between the insects and the environmental factors, and show the reproductive potential of our species. Using night and day we will be able to determine which bugs are more aggressive during these times of days. Our model will be able to show the long-term effects of these applications.

Progress to Date: Presently, we have planned everything to be done for the model of our home and its surroundings. We have done immense amounts of research on the insects, how they interact with one another, and their lifestyles and life changes. Our diagram that we have planned includes the house, yard, pond, garage, shed, and field. Now we are determining the mathematics of our model and what we need to do and finish to complete our project. We are planning to go on a trip with our team to Portales to the Entomology museum to talk to the scientists about the bugs and how they live and the interactions between one another. This may give us the opportunity to learn more and even find out things about the bugs to put in our project.

Expected Results: We expect to find how bugs interact in a normal human household setting. We expect our model to show how different species work together to make a cycle of life or death, population control, and adaptation of insects to their surroundings. We are expecting a result to find out the top predator of all the insects we may be using.

Citations:
A Sourcebook for the Biological Sciences (Third Edition)
by: Evelyn Morholt and Paul F. Brandwein

Biology by: Miller-Levine

http://www.gypsymoth.ento.vt.edu/~sharov/popechome/model/model.html

A Field Guide to Insects by: Richard E. White and Donald J. Borror, Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., in 1978.

http://www.wcrl.ars.usda.gov/cec/h.htm

Team Members:
Sandra Cicero
Kylee Noble
Annie Shaw
Stephanie Romero