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The influence of LED lights on Acheta domesticus compared to the ways in which Noctuidae and Drepanidae are attracted to light.

Animal Sciences
Mercedes Shay

Grade:
10
Teacher:
Dr. Tara Archuleta

"The topic of this paper is various insects’ reactions to purple, red, and green LED lights, for this study crickets’ reactions were compared to moths’ reactions. The purpose of this project was to determine if the color of LED lights that Acheta domesticus (house cricket) are shown influences the number of crickets attracted to the light, and to compare these findings to the ways in which Noctuidae and Drepanidae (moth) are attracted to light. WHile searching for background research I noticed that not many articles have addressed why this topic is important and how it can affect many species of insects and crickets. I approached this experiment knowing that if the Acheta domesticus did not like a certain LED light they would want to get as far away as possible, but I did not want to lose the crickets. Therefore, I needed to give them only two options: be directly near the light or as far away as possible, and a crickets habitat with LED lights on one side was the best way to do this. Then, I rotated the LED lights in order- purple, red, green- for 10 minutes each, with a period of darkness in between each, this was done for three trials. Man made lights have disturbed the pollination process, by interfering with insects navigation patterns. We need to maintain and better the amount of pollination plants in our environments get, we need to reduce our use of man made lights that interrupt the pollination patterns of nocturnal Insects"


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3 thoughts on “The influence of LED lights on Acheta domesticus compared to the ways in which Noctuidae and Drepanidae are attracted to light.

  1. Excellent work! You are doing a great job doing science research. Keep up the good work. Your cricket work must have taken a long time.

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