Hippity-Hop, What do Crickets do When the Temperature Drops? Measuring the Metabolic Rate of Acheta Domesticus (Crickets) at Different Temperatures.

Taylor Beets, Katy Brennan, Michael Bullard, Braedan Bloom, Katerina Ramos




Temperature plays an important role in metabolism. For example, endotherms sweat or pant in order to maintain their temperature. However, since ectotherms are unable to cool themselves, this experiment was conducted to see if ectotherms’, particularly Acheta Domesticus, metabolic reactions increased or decreased when their environment changes (French 2018). Arguably, the most basic metabolic reaction is breathing – inhaling O2 and exhaling CO2. This experiment tested ectotherms’ metabolic reactions by measuring their CO2 output (Lobb et al 2017). The data shows an increase in metabolic rate in higher temperatures. The results were conclusive and supported our hypothesis that the metabolic rate would increase as temperature increased.

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