It has become a subject of The Long Range Acoustic Device (LARD) used as a communication hailing device is now being developed to alp ship operators and navel captains as a non-lethal weapon against pirates and boarding parties. The loud and concentrated sonic weapons are pointed at the assailants in an effort to drive them away from ships. The devices are also being used domestically to disperse large unwanted crowds and riots. Carding, 2005) Our experiment is intended to use this information to see if we can impact the reproduction process of the bean beetle.
We hypothesize that sound waves will have a negative impact on the amount of eggs produced by a group of bean beetles. Materials and Methods Black eyed peas will be used as sustenance for the impregnated beetles to lay their eggs on. A small plastic container will be used to place three males and three females together. We will use six total groups. Three groups of beetles will be used as a control. They will be sat in an UN-modified habitat that will synthesize their natural habitat.
The other three groups will be put in a similar habitat with an added stimulus. The added stimulus will be a set of headphones connected to an MPH playback device playing music group “The Beetles” greatest hit album. The experiment will take one week. The hypothesis for our experiment is that the vibration of the sound waves will affect the beetle’s social habits and might make them more or less reproductive. Results The amount of eggs present in each group averaged 9. 3 eggs per container in the control group.