Aislinn Deely, Francis Lewis High School, The Effect of Temperature on the Galleria mellonella
(Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) Metamorphosis.
In this project, Aislinn Deely simulated the effect of global warming on Galleria mellonella, or the Greater Wax Moth, in order to predict whether or not the insect can survive at increased temperatures. Deely says her results suggest they will not: all of the moths housed in an incubator set to temperatures similar to those predicted by global warming experts died over the course of her experiment, compared to only 35.7 percent of the moths kept at room temperature. The moths are parasitic to bees, so this could be good news for the honey business. The bad news is that a decrease in biodiversity, including the extinction of species like this one, could cause an entire food chain to collapse.