A closer look at suitable test animals can reveal fascinating patterns in their behaviour. Simple behaviour such as movement can help us understand what influences or controls animal behaviour.
Using a choice chamber to investigate animal responses to stimuli
Use a choice chamber and small invertebrates (beetles, blowfly larvae and/ or woodlice) to investigate how movement and other behaviours change in response to environmental stimuli.
Investigating turn alternation behaviour of woodlice
Investigate the behaviour of woodlice at free turns in a maze after they have been forced to turn in a particular direction.
Movement of seed beetles
Compare the speed of movement of seed beetles constrained to move horizontally or vertically.
Observing earthworm locomotion
Collect earthworms and observe how they move on different surfaces. Listen to the worms moving on paper.