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Results with crickets

Submitted by kheredia on Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:27

Frequency of Courting Behaviors — House crickets engaged in fewer mating behaviors while under artificial light when compared to no artificial light. Tables 1 and 2 display the results tallied during the experiment of the three major courting behaviors found in Acheta domesticus, (Tables 1 and 2). Mounting, a common mating behavior, increased significantly in the environment with no light (Figure 1). This behavior yielded the greatest change, whereas pursuing the female was only different by 7 separate instances (Fig. 1).

Statistical Analysis — A Mann Whitney U-test was performed to determine if the difference between the two sets of unpaired, numeric data was significant. All three behaviors were displayed at a higher frequency in the environment with no artificial light. Using the data and rankings presented in table 3, the Mann Whitney U-test indicated that frequency of courting behaviors was significantly higher in the environment with no artificial light than the environment with artificial light (U = 25, p