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This collection of papers written by students at the Itasca Biological Station includes full text papers from 2008-present.

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Role of Conspecific Silk in Forest Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria) Group Behavior

Williams, Peter; Ogdahl, Eric (2013-03-19)
Group living, prevalent in many lepidopterans, has many benefits and costs to fitness. In caterpillars, the use of silk trails often mediates group living. This study focused on forest tent caterpillars (Malacosoma disstria) ...

Optimal Foraging in Nocturnal Granivores: An Examination of the Risks Associated with Substrate Produced Noise while Foraging

Swim, Paul; Haag, Shayne; Lynch, Kyle (2013-03-19)
In nature, animals will find an optimal balance between risks and benefits of foraging. This was investigated by examining the amount of seeds eaten by nocturnal granivores in two substrate types: noisy and quiet. We ...

Preconceived Residency Advantages in the Territorial Common Baskettail Dragonfly, Epitheca cynosure

Eichten, Natalie; Pitera, Angela (2013-03-19)
The main question addressed in this experiment is whether or not the residency effect influences the territorial behavior of the male common baskettail dragonfly. To examine this question, male common baskettail dragonflies ...

Size selection in precopulatory pairs of Hyalella azteca

Brewers, Brittany; Mills, Hailee Mills (2013-03-19)
The amphipod, Hyalella azteca (hereafter H. azteca), is abundant in Midwestern USA, where it produces many broods in one breeding season. Two different samples of H. azteca were collected from Lake Itasca, MN and stored ...

Aggressive behavior and territorial availability in Orconectes rusticus

Clark, Brandon; McCormack, Grant (2013-03-19)
Aggressive behavior is important in resource access and determination of fitness in many species. In the rusty crayfish, Orconectes rusticus, limited availability of shelter leads to aggressive bouts of dominance. We tested ...

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