Caterpillars fling faeces experiment design questions

After reading the article, Caterpillars fling faeces afar to fool foes by Mark Horstman at ABC Science Online, 2 April 2003, answer these questions in complete sentences in your journal.

  1. Where in the country can you find these butterflies?
  2. What two interesting behaviors does the caterpillar have?
  3. Dr. Weiss developed and tested three hypotheses. What question were these hypotheses all designed to answer?
  4. What was Dr. Weiss' first hypothesis?
  5. For the first hypothesis describe the manipulated variable and responding variable.
  6. What was Dr. Weiss' second hypothesis?
  7. For the second hypothesis describe the manipulated variable and responding variable.
  8. What was Dr. Weiss' third hypothesis?
  9. For the third hypothesis describe the manipulated variable and responding variable.
  10. What was the control group for the third experiment?
  11. If you were Dr. Weiss, what variables would you keep constant (the controlled variables) in these experiments ?
  12. Did these experiments result in quantitative or qualitative data ?
  13. What do the other families of butterflies and moths that eject feces have in common?
  14. One day while watching chickadees at a nest, Mr. Rick saw an adult bird bring some food to the nestlings. When the adult left the nest it was carrying a little white bag. What's up with that?