Welcome to the world of insects
„If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.“ E. O. Wilson
Introduction to our project
Insects are everywhere, but we barely never notice them. But...
What kind of insects actually live in the bushes, airs, soils and grasses of Grisons? Are there differences in their populations on a north-facing or south-facing slope? Is the presence of an insect order identical?
Before our 2022 research project, such questions were still unanswered. Now we can answer them.
As a class of the main subject biology, we analysed the presence of insect orders in certain areas of Grisons. We collected insects on a north and south slope, identified them by order and compared the populations. Additional observation factors were the solar radiation, temperature and humidity of the corresponding areas.
With our project we wanted to find out what kind of insects live in the areas. How high their occurrence is and what differences there are between the two areas. The aim was to explain these differences and how they occur. Such a project is very important for us humans. We live in a network with nature and are dependent on it. If there were no more insects, we humans would become extinct. It is a dependence that is essential for our survival. An example is, that two thirds of our food is pollinated by insects. This couldn‘t be reconstituted and that is exactly why insects are irreplaceable and necessary for the ecosystem.
Would you like to know more about our approach and the methods and materials we chose? Are you interested in the results and findings of our project? Then you can find them here on our website. You can read all our data and reports under „Research“. Under the chapter "Discussion" we have formulated and explained possible causes and factors for the results. Click on "Research" and you will be amazed!
This project is unique and we could not follow existing ones. Our only help was the "Swiss Publication", given to us by our teacher. We were able to orientate ourselves on this report and get informations from it. Despite the little help we had, we dared to do it and started our project with great interest. We are the first generation, who investigated the occurrence of insects. In the next few years, this project will continue. Other students will identify the insects and evaluate and discuss the results. It is a project that will continue over several generations and will bring additional results in the coming years. Not only can we observe and analyse the course of the population, we can also see the influence of climate change on the insects. We all know that climate change is changing our nature, but how will this affect insects? In a few years, thanks to our project, we will know it. But the effective final findings of the next few years are still unclear at the moment.
As we started the new school year, we also started a new project.
We inspected the appearance and different types of insects on a north and south slope in Grison.
Frequency of insects on different slopes