Date of Award

Summer 1942

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The problem of correlating insect population with specific environmental factors has been noted for its complexity. Many varied controversies have arisen since the beginning of research on the subject during the early part of the present century. The investigators thus far have centered their attention primarily upon controlled laboratory experimentation, rather then upon observation of the natural environment of insects. A review of literature on the subject of autecology brought to mind the question as to whether insects are affected as much by normal changes of weather conditions as artificial changes produced in the laboratory would indicate. Thus, the present research was initiated by a desire to study insect-weather-plant relations in a specific locality to determine what, if any major factors govern insect life in their natural habitat.



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