2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

Level 1: Gypsy Moth Egg Masses on Cary Institute Grounds

Level 1: Gypsy Moth Egg Masses on Cary Institute Grounds

 

A female gypsy moth with an egg mass. Female gypsy moths are unable to fly, so they lay egg masses close to where they emerge. They lay several hundred eggs at once, which they cover with yellowish-tan hairs from their own bodies. "Gypsy moth" photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.


Sampling Methods

Researchers at the Cary Institute set up sample plots on the Cary Institute grounds in Millbrook, NY. Plots were sampled between November and April each year. Researchers searched the following substrates within the plots: live trees, dead trees, leaf litter, and rocks. The number of egg masses found was recorded. Please read through the metadata file for a more detailed description of project design.

 

Click here for Cary Institute gypsy moth egg mass data (Excel)

Click here for Cary Institute gypsy moth egg mass metadata (.pdf)

 

We also have a related background reading on gypsy moths on our Teaching Materials page, which you may wish to complete before using this dataset.

Data Source: Clive Jones, Charles Canham, Gary Lovett, and Rick Ostfeld (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies). Data were posted online at http://www.caryinstitute.org/science-program/research-projects/long-term-monitoring-forest-ecosystem-cary.

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