Internship at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World as an Entomologist
Kirschman, Alaina M.
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The author writes about her experience working at The Original Butterfly House and Insect World on Mackinac Island. She details the experience as a coworker, educator, and researcher. Of her research, she writes "Over the course of three months, I tagged over 400 butterflies, but I only collected about 40 of them back. My research plan was to gather data on the lifespans of butterflies in our greenhouse and compare that to diet. Heliconius butterflies have been known to eat pollen as well as nectar, extending their lifespan greatly. I tagged 177 Heliconius butterflies to hopefully find some trends in lifespan compared to the Common Morpho, Giant Owl, Forest Mort Owl, and Julia butterflies. The data I obtained gave me little to no trends, but I did find that butterflies in general live longer in our garden than in the wild. The numbers ranged from two days to 63 days in our garden."