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Cricket Discussion summary

Submitted by kheredia on Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:29

In this experiment, the objective was to build upon pre-existing research, and determine the effects artificial light has on mating behavior during the active period in Acheta domesticus similar to the results found with Teleogryllus commodus (Botha, et al., 2017). It was hypothesized that bright light disrupts mating behaviors in Acheta d. The hypothesis was supported by evidence from Teleogryllus commodus, and by data from this experiment: concluding that sexual productivity slowed in crickets based on major findings. Specifically, when exposed to a lit environment, all behaviors were displayed less by Acheta d. compared to the dark environment. Afterwards, the data was tested for validity via statistical analysis of the Mann Whitney U-test. The results were statistically significant and the null hypothesis was rejected: confirming that light is a factor decreasing the frequency of mating behavior in crickets.