Whose Wings are Bigger, Males or Females?
Plymouth Middle School, Robbinsdale School District 281
In my experiment I measured the wing size of the males and females we raised in our classroom. I added the measurements together to get the total length. Then, I divided by the number of butterflies. I did this to find out which sex was larger. After I compared the lengths, the males were larger. They were larger by a small amount. I think the data was accurate. I learned that the males were slightly larger and that the difference between the sexes was small.
To find out if there was a difference in wing size due to the sex of the butterfly.
I think the females' wings are bigger.
- butterflies - male and female monarchs
- paper to record information
- datasheets for classroom butterflies
- millimeter rulers
- log book
- I measured the left and right wings of the monarchs in our class.
- I determined whether they were male or female.
- I added the measurements of the right and left wings together to get the total wing length. I did this for both males and females.
- I compared the measurements.
I measured 111 butterflies. I found that the average combined wing length for the males was 97.8 mm and for the females was 96.9 mm.
I found out that in general the males' wingspan was slightly larger than the females' wingspan. The females' wingspan is very close to the males'. I think it is probably very similar in nature since I measured a large number of butterflies.
What I Would Do Differently
Next time I would measure even more butterflies. I could also ask for data from other schools and compare it to my results. I could also compare data from year to year and see if it varies. I would like to do another experiment with monarchs.