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My Observations: The Rollie Pollie¶s natural environment is in shaded areas with moist mud. The Question: What type of environment will Rollie Pollie¶s choose - Wet or Dry? Hypothesis: I think that if the environment is wet, then rollie pollie¶s will be found there.
Kingdom Phylum Subphylum Class Order Family Genus Example Animalia Arthropoda Crustacea Malacostraca Isopoda Armadillidiidae Armadillidium Armadillidium Vulgare
General Information: The Rollie Pollie is not an insect, but is an isopod. The Rollie Pollie (a type of wood louse) is a small, segmented land creature with 7 pairs of jointed legs and two large antennae. It has an exoskeleton, which is a hard outer covering. The rollie pollie molts its exoskeleton as it grows. The rollie pollie is segmented and can roll into a tiny ball for protection. Rollie Pollie¶s are common invertebrates. They prefer moist areas, often living in soil and under decaying leaves, rocks, and dead logs. Rollie pollie¶s eat decaying plants and animals and some living plants. Rollie pollie¶s need to live in moist environments because they have gills and without moisture, they would dry out. Also, according to Red Planet Inc., the outer shell of a rollie pollie is not waxy as it should be to prevent desiccation. Should a rollie pollie be moved from its home underneath a log and into a drier region, the rollie pollie will immediately begin looking for a moist environment and more specifically, a log like that of its home. Rollie pollie¶s can find suitable living conditions (dark, moist places) by using their gills to determine the areas that are easier for them to breathe in. Rollie pollie¶s also use their sensory antennas when orienting to help feel their way around to their destination. Although rollie pollie¶s do develop eyes at adulthood, younger rollie pollie¶s must rely on their antennas.
Impact on Environment: Positive: Rollie Pollie¶s do a minimal soil improvement. Isopods are also a food source for other animals. Negative: In greenhouses and southern states, large populations can eat and damage plants. Note: Rollie Pollie¶s do not carry diseases or contaminate food.
6. be careful to avoid scorpions. you do not need to separate them from the soil. use a plastic container with small holes poked in the lid and a moistened piece of paper towel slightly crumpled inside. we were looking to see what the desired living conditions of rollie pollie¶s were. To collect them. and under paving bricks or stones. outdoor pet dishes. and why. Gently scoop up soil with the isopods and place them in the container. (1 set as base. 2. 5. flower pots (a day after they have been watered). Return the rock or log to the way it was when you found it. Use tape to connect 2 Petri dishes together. use a spoon or shovel and a container. In performing this lab. Use an old pie tin to sort the isopods from the soil before placing them in the container. moist leaf litter. Our Aims: In this experiment. Look on the underside of the log or stone for others. and write a lab report based on the gathered data. The paper towel must be kept moist or they will die. 1 set as cover) Collect Rollie Pollie¶s Start with 5 Rollie Pollie¶s on each side. Look under a rock or log and be prepared to collect the isopods quickly before they scurry away from the light. Materials 8 Petri Dishes Tape for Walkway Stopwatch 20 Rollie Pollie¶s (10 for experiment / 10 for control) 4 Pieces of Filter Paper Water (to wet filter paper) Procedure 1. Keep an area moist and check in a couple days. They can be gently picked or brushed off with a finger into the container. When you are looking under rocks and logs. 4. (For experiment as well as control) Use stopwatch to time the experiment Record data at regular time intervals Variable: Wet or Dry Environment Control Setup: Both Sides Wet . Rollie pollie¶s often curl up and can be picked up individually or scooped up with the spoon. Isopods live where it is moist and usually in a shaded area. 3. our aim is to learn how to conduct an experiment. How to collect: Before looking for isopods. If you are going to set them up in a container with soil in a day. The purpose of this lab is to determine the general environmental preferences of rollie pollie¶s based on different moisture levels. If you are going to keep the isopods a couple days. Collect 8 Petri dishes.To Find Rollie pollie¶s: Look under logs. centipedes and other animals that live there. prepare a container and tools to gather the isopods.
5 1 1.5 1 8 1 8.5 6 Control: Time (minutes) # Of rollie pollie s on Right side (out of 40) 0 .5 1 6 1 6.5 5 8 7 8.5 2 10 1 Control: Time (minutes) # Of rollie pollie s on Right side 0 5 .5 4 1 4 1.5 4 4.5 1 5 0 5.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 5 3 7 3.5 5 6 6 6.5 20 23 20 14 18 19 21 18 19 20 20 16 .5 0 7 0 7.5 2 2.5 5 2 4 2.5 1 1.5 5 5 5 5.5 3 9 3 9.Our Results: Experiment: Time (minutes) # Of rollie pollie s on Wet side 0 5 .5 5 5.5 3 3.5 3 3.5 6 4 4 4.5 5 9 6 9.5 1 3 5 3.5 2 2.5 6 1 5 1.5 5 7 4 7.5 2 2 2 2.5 5 10 5 Class Results: Experiment: Time (minutes) # Of rollie pollie s on Wet side 30 (out of 60) 12 30 23 29 21 27 16 22 17 21 16 19 0 .5 0 4 1 4.
we found that rollie pollie¶s did not move into the moist conditions. our data showed that rollie pollie¶s chose to inhabit the dry chamber as time went on. 4. Use tape to connect 2 Petri dishes together. a larger platform for observation should be used. We watched and recorded our observations (at half minute intervals). The results of the experiment showed that the rollie pollie¶s preferred the dry side. all the rollie pollie¶s moved into the dry environment. There are many reasons that our data could have been flawed. Collect 8 Petri dishes. These results oppose our observations and hypothesis. We had previously thought that if the environment in one chamber was moister than the other. 1 set as cover) Collect Rollie Pollie¶s Start with 5 Rollie Pollie¶s on each side. we would use a different tray with 3 chambers. As time went on. 5. The results for the control were balanced. rollie pollie¶s live in moist conditions. Instead. In this experiment. and would be where we would place the rollie pollie¶s at the beginning of the experiment. we would close it. 3. . I also think that our experiment was inconclusive because according to Pest World for Kids. Abstract My hypothesis was that rollie pollie¶s prefer a wet environment. the rollie pollie¶s were constantly trying to find a way out (this also could have affected the experiment). Another reason might have been because we added too much water to the chosen chamber (or maybe they need soil AND water). To improve this experiment. then the rollie pollie¶s would choose to inhabit the moist chamber. Once all the rollie pollie¶s have left the chamber. This data does not support our hypothesis. Our control experiment included wet filter paper in both chambers. (1 set as base. they inhabited the dry chamber. The Petri dishes were too small. and allow them to wander around the other two chambers: one of them being wet and the other one being dry. our data and conclusions contradict the widely known fact that rollie pollie¶s would have chosen the wet environment. One chamber would be empty. Also. we put the rollie pollie¶s in % on each side (10 in total). 2. Although one flaw was that we did not take all the rollie pollie¶s of the same gender. 6. (For experiment as well as control) Use stopwatch to time the experiment Record data at regular time intervals After the experiment was setup. This could affect the rollie pollie¶s by not being used to these certain conditions.Conclusion The data rejects my hypothesis. Therefore. While doing some research. I found that rollie pollie¶s prefer to mate in a dry environment. Then we did the control. One of these reasons might have been because there was another variable that we did not know of that was interfering with the experiment. We set up the experiment using the following procedure: 1. A third way to improve the experiment would be to use soil instead of filter paper. I think a more correct statement would be that rollie pollie¶s prefer a moist and humid environment.