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David Brown


Unfortunately this experiment does not, at this time, lend itself to a lot of practical application. However, this experiment is a building block for future experiments that may lend themselves to some type of agricultural applications later on. This is the type of experiment that opens up doors for future experiments. This experiment clearly shows that in U. crassicornis there is some type of maternal care. The experiment also shows that the mother can only defend a certain number of the offspring. Other experiments could look to see whether this type of maternal care is true for other types if insects as well. Depending on whether or not this turns out to be true or not, this experiment could be applied to something like pest control in an agricultural setting. The author of the study also informed us about one of his graduate students currently studying whether the conflict of interest amongst siblings is expressed through means of their communication signals. The results of this experiment may greatly change our view as to how insects communicate and may alter the application in which insects are used. Our views on insects may change because this experiment found that insects, a relatively primitive form of life, show some type of maternal instinct.

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