What experiments and projects does he then undertake?
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After losing out at the science fair, Richard Ebright undertook various experiments and

projects. For his eighth grade project, he tried finding the cause of a viral disease that

killed nearly all monarch caterpillars every few years. He tried raising caterpillars in the

presence of beetles as he thought the disease might have been carried by a beetle. He

did not get any results. However, he went ahead and showed that he had tried the

experiment, and this time he won.

The next year, his science fair project was to test the theory that viceroy butterflies

copied monarchs in order to prevent being eaten by birds. His project was to see

whether birds would eat monarchs. He found that a starling would not eat ordinary bird

food, but ate all the monarchs it could get. This project was placed first in the zoology

division and third overall in the county science fair.

In his second year at high school, he began the research that led to the discovery of an

unknown insect hormone. Indirectly, it also led to his new theory on the life of cells. He

tried to find the purpose of the twelve tiny gold spots on a monarch pupa. Along with

another excellent science student, he built a device which showed that the spots were

producing a hormone necessary for the butterfly's full development. This project won the

first place in the county fair and also an entry into the International Science and

Engineering Fair, where it was adjudged the third best in zoology.

As a high school junior, he continued his advanced experiments on the monarch pupa.

His project won first place at the International Science fair.

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