QuestionWhat ground insectsare there in our forestand what material willattract ground insectsinto our forest?
Why we chose thisWe chose this question because we love skinksand geckos
BackgroundWe have a Skink and Gecko area beside ourNative forest at school and we haven’t seenany there. We talked to an expert who told uswe need to attract bugs/insects for them to eat.So we needed to ﬁnd out what insect arealready in our forest, what insects skinks andgeckoes eat and also what habitat the insectslike to live in.
Hypothesis -What We ThinkWe think we can make the surrounding whereour skink and gecko area more ‘insect friendly’.Sam. I think that there will be more insects underthe stone block because it is darker and I thinkinsects like dark places where they can hide fromtheir enemies.Sally. I think insects will like protection and foodand not too dry in our forest.I think they will likethe wood the best.
Test MethodPlace down materials in our forest close to theskink and gecko areaFOR 7 WEEKS every Wednesday check undermaterials and see what’s there. Record what isthere.
Materials Brick Stone block Wood Drift wood Carpet
Result/recordThe main insect/bug we found over sevenweeks was the Ground beetle and it wasmainly seen under the wood.We found a small amount of little spidersOver the 7 weeks insects found under theCarpet 2, Drift wood 42, Wood 19, Brick/Stoneblock 5 insects or spiders.
How We Made It Fair TestingWe checked under every object each time andwe replaced the material where we had it andalways wrote down the amount of beetles,spiders or insects there.We did the testing in the side of the forestwhere we found the most insects when we didour ﬁrst insect count and leaf litter count
Further QuestionWe wanted to know what type of leaf litterground beetles liked so we are going to do abeetle test.
Hypothesis- What We ThinkWe think it will go to the damp dark sidebecause when we checked in the forest theground beetle was always under the wood.
MATERIALS Box Dry leaf litter Damp leaf litter Black piece of paper Beetle.
Record/ResultThe beetle went ﬁrst to the dry dark side thenit went to the damp light side.It stayed in thedamp dark side. It was there the next morningWe ﬁgured out that beetles like dark dampplaces.
How we made it fair testing We had a even amount of leaf litter on each side. We put the beetle straight in the middle of the box. Put beetle in centre of the box to see which condition he hides in Check again the next morning
Future ActionWe will put more wood and piles of woodaround and close to the skink and gecko area.This will give homes and shelter for the insectsIf we did the experiment again we would putthe materials in other areas close to the skinkarea, like beside the boundary fence or in longgrass because insects live there too.
ConclusionInsect live in all sorts off places in our forest onthe ground, in the leaf litter, in the cracks oftree trunks, on the leaves on trees.Ground insects like mainly living under driftwood in our forest and in sheltered placeswhere there is damp leaf litterIf we put more logs and wood and hidingplaces in our forest we will get more insects forskinks and geckos to ﬁnd.