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    Case study - global warming and butterfly evolution

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    Details: Read Scientific Inquiry, Controlled Experiments Then and Now Start by observing the living species around you. Ever wonder why a pollinator is attracted to a particular flower, or what would happen to predator species if a particular prey species is eliminated? If you were a scientist you could do an experiment to answer your question.

    For this assignment, choose two non-human species that interact with each other, such as bees and flowers, or predator and prey species, or two species that compete. Or, you can consider the effect of an environmental factor on living non- human organisms, such as the effects of light or sound on plants or animals, or how food preference, or nutrient quantity / quality affect plants or animals. These are just a few examples. Your observations may lead you to many other types of questions about living organisms, their interactions, and requirements for life.

    Start with an Introduction/Observation and move through the steps of the Scientific Method as outlined below. Your paper should follow this format.

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    THE SPECIES: 1) A Butterfly in the Hairstreak family. These butterflies are gray/brown in color with black and white markings. 2) The tree species which inhabit the butterfly's environment.

    INTRO/OBSERVATION: Global warming has shifted populations of trees in the North East United States such that tree species that used to be at the Northern border of their range in Maryland are now present in Rhode Island. These tree species are replacing the species found in the area before warming. The new trees have a darker rougher bark texture ...

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    In this solution I hypothesize what could happen to a species of butterfly as a result of shifts in their environment due to global warming. Specifically, I look at how a butterfly species is affected by changing tree populations in their habitat. I organize a hypothetical experiment with introduction, hypothesis, method, and results sections.