Predicting Insect Development in Changing Climates: Bean Beetle Phenology Modeling
Dr. Brian Yurk; Dr. Aaron Putzke; Dr. Airat Bekmetjev
The success of a species within its environment is largely dependent upon its developmental timing. In insects, temperature plays a key role in determining rates of growth and development for various life stages including the embryonic stage. Thus time-lapse photography was used to measure the timing of this stage for bean beetles at various temperatures in the laboratory. Mathematical models were developed to fit these data, and statistical analyses were performed to provide a deeper understanding of the relationships between developmental timing and temperature in insect populations.
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