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Taylor Patterson2013 Global Scholars Symposium

Title: Effects of Incident Radiation on Monarch Caterpillar Development

Abstract: The development of the Monarch butterfly caterpillars has temperature dependencies that limit when development can take place. Within a certain ambient temperature range, development can take place, but temperatures below and above this range are termed developmental zeroes, temperatures at which development cannot take place. This project investigates the effects of incident radiation, provided by lamps, on rates of development to determine if the Monarch caterpillars are able to obtain energy from incident radiation. Incident radiation may affect the range of ambient conditions under which caterpillars can successfully develop.

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