Does cold or warm temperatures affect how a caterpillar grows?
Record the date your caterpillars arrive.
Place 3 cups with caterpillars and food in them in a warm area of the room, like a high shelf.
Place 3 other cups with caterpillars and food in them in a cooler place in the room, like near the floor.
Measure the temperatures at each location daily and record them. There should be 2 to 3 degrees in difference between the 2 spots for best results.
Record the date the caterpillars in each area becomes a chrysalis.
Did the caterpillars grow at the same rate in both places? Which place did they grow fastest? Why would a caterpillar grow best at this temperature?
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