Termite Experiment Essay

Termites and Scientific Experiment

Termites are insects that live mostly in wooden area and dead trees. They get fed by wood and cellulose. They leave their colonies in the search of food following pheromones, to mark a trail The termite food hunting process is similar to following an ink line because the termites are attracted to the ink. This scientific experiment will demonstrate termite’s behavior and also how they communicate to each other. The purpose of this experiment is to test to what line and color the termites are attracted to, and if the color of the line has an importance.

Termites are small, soft bodied, usually pale-colored insects. These are social insects with a caste system. They live in colonies in the ground or in wood.
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We used several inked pens which were blue, green and red. Also, a paper, a ruler, a small brush and of course a tube containing the termites. The experiment started by the teacher giving us the required materials. A student in the group drawn different lines with different colors. Another student put a termite on each different lines. At this point, we can formulate a hypothesis, which is that termites follow any line. To test our hypothesis, we placed a single termite at the beginning of a green line, blue and red. After an observation, we noticed the termite followed only the green line, from the beginning to the end. The last step of our experiment is to come to a conclusion. We concluded that if several lines of differents colors and shape are drawn, the termite would follow only the green line. I think that is happening because that specific ink is the most similar to pheromones, which could be an explanation.

Finally, after conducting the experiment, we concluded that termites are attracted to the green ink pen only, not to any others. I accept the hypothesis because the experiment proved the termites only followed the green line from the beginning to the end. Despite the success of this experiment, I think we could have use more pens and even pencils to have a wider option of hypothesis and results. Using more resources could have gave us more hypothesizes. The experience gave me a better knowledge of the scientific method and how to conduct

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