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In this lab, Vanessa cardui (painted lady butterfly) larvae, representing a primary consumer, feed on a growth medium that represents a primary producer. Students investigate how efficiently developing butterflies convert food into body mass. They then analyze results, calculate efficiency, and build food chains by constructing ecological pyramids. For 30 students working in pairs.
As an alternative to measuring energy flow through primary productivity, students measure the transfer of energy at a higher trophic level and modify environmental conditions to explore their effects on energy consumption. In this lab, Vanessa cardui (painted lady butterfly) larvae, representing a primary consumer, feed on a growth medium that represents a primary producer. Students investigate how efficiently developing butterflies convert food into body mass. They then analyze results, calculate efficiency, and build food chains by constructing ecological pyramids. The lab requires 10 to 15 days to complete.
This kit provides materials for 30 students working in pairs and ships with perishable material included. Digital teacher’s manual, included FREE with kit purchase, is a 12-month eBook license to the Primary Energy Flow Teacher’s Manual and Student Guide.
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|33-Larva Set of Vanessa cardui with Medium||1||Included|
|Larva Sorting Brushes||15||Included|
|Culture Cups with Lids||30||Included|
|Graph Paper Sheets||100||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Balances (accurate to 0.01 g)||3||Needed, Not Included|
|Scissors||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Push Pins||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Rulers, Metric||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Permanent Markers||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Butterfly Habitat (optional)||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Foil or Plastic Wrap (optional, but helpful)||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Cups or Other Containers (optional, but helpful)||15||Needed, Not Included|
|Additional Paper Towels||1||Needed, Not Included|
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Carolina Investigations® for AP® Environmental Science kits offer a unique perspective on the world around your students. Allow them to experience labs that focus on 4 distinct subject areas that relate to Earth Systems & Resources, Ecological Systems, Issues & Impacts, and Sustainability & Solutions. Pick various topics from each strand to create your own robust hands-on lab curriculum. Focus on labs that can be performed in your classroom or explore and sample your surrounding environment. Carolina has everything you need to outfit your AP® Environmental Science classroom or lab.
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|Earth Systems & Resources||Ecological Systems||Issues & Impacts||Sustainability & Solutions|
|Coriolis Effect and Atmospheric Circulation||Exploring Biodiversity||Loss of Biodiversity||Wastewater Treatment|
|Soil Formation and Properties||Primary Consumer Energy Flow||Ocean Acidification||Wet Scrubbers and Air Pollution|
|Soil Productivity||Population Growth of Lemna minor||Air Pollution and Vehicle Emissions||Agriculture and Feeding a Growing Human Population|
|Quality of Natural Waters: Biological Factors||Biogeochemical Cycles||Cultural Eutrophication and Biodegradable Waste||Biomass to Biofuel|
|Quality of Natural Waters: Physical and Chemical Factors||Primary Productivity and Energy Flow||Acid Deposition|
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