ACORN LAB. What is a Pest?. A plant, animal, or microorganism that has a negative effect on another organism. Background Information. Acorns are an important winter food for squirrels, blue jays and woodpeckers.
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Snout is one-half or less than its body length.
Feed on acorns lying on the forest floor.
Bite off bits of acorn meat from between cracks in the shells.
Females lay eggs between cracks in the shells.
Snout is equal to or greater than the length of its body.
Feed on acorns still attached to oak trees.
Can chew or drill into the shells to feed on the meat inside.
Females lay eggs in the holes drilled into acorns during feeding.
6. Report Results
What do you expect to find most often in the acorns and why?
“I think”, “I predict” or “My hypothesis is”!
Data Table: Characteristics of Acorns and Their Content