Connected on 2014-10-24 14:30:00 from Windsor County, Vermont, United States
- Bugscope Team sample is in 'scope and 'scope is pumping down
- Bugscope Team PennBug!
- Bugscope Team Hello!
- Bugscope Team Welcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope Team furry bacteria
- Bugscope Team We're currently setting up the 'scope for this afternoon's session.
- Bugscope Team Hey, hey! Welcome!
- Bugscope Team Hello BRAT!]
- Bugscope Team d'oh
- Bugscope Team Yay!
- Bugscope Team this millipede has a mite on it, kind of cool
- Bugscope Team we are ready to roll
- Bugscope Team BRAT has control
- Bugscope Team please let me know when you have questions
- Bugscope Team let us know, that is
- Bugscope Team and please also let us know if you have trouble driving
- Bugscope Team some presets worked nicely and some were kind of lackadaisical
- Bugscope Team we are here to help and to answer questions
- Bugscope Team BRAT has the ability to drive, by clicking on the screen to get the image to center at that point, or change the mag, or select a preset
- Teacher We're back, I think I had to log in as Kelly
- Bugscope Team we can confer control of the 'scope to anyone else as well
- Bugscope Team Looks like you have control. Mite!
- Teacher Holy cow...this is so cool!
- Bugscope Team if you take the mag lower, as you wish, you can see where you are
- Bugscope Team Scott is tweaking the focus a bit for you.
- Teacher Sorry, I'm zooming too fast to focus, aren't I?
- Bugscope Team no all good
- Bugscope Team You're ok. He got it.
- Bugscope Team You can tweak the focus too. Scott just gets impatient sometimes when it is something he can fix. :)
- Bugscope Team I'm sitting at the microscope, so I can tweak the fine focus for you.
- Bugscope Team Daniel types 11 times faster than I do.
- Teacher Hahaha, I'm a fast typer, too.
- Teacher Those hairs help the milipede sense where it is?
Bugscope Team that and smell and taste and sense hot/cold
- Bugscope Team Most likely yes. The setae (what you refer as hair) are used to detect surroundings, either mechanically or chemically depending up the type of setae.
- Bugscope Team Whoops. Meant to send that as a reply, not a new message.
- Bugscope Team Daniel does two sentences while I'm looking at my fingers on the keyboard.
- Teacher Hahaha!
- Bugscope Team not much point in leaving your head exposed
- Teacher Is the mite in the curled-up head area or is that the tail?
Bugscope Team Head. I asked hte same question.
Bugscope Team :)
Bugscope Team I wasn't around for sample prep, so I didn't get to see it before Scott put it in the scope.
- Teacher WHOA.....
- Teacher This is SO cool, we collected these bugs in our own river just a few weeks ago...NO idea how cool they'd look this close up.
Bugscope Team You collected a lot of other things too, that I bet you weren't aware of. There are samples of bacteria, fungi, and diatoms here too.
- Bugscope Team Kelly how does it happen that the millipede has diatoms on it?
Bugscope Team maybe it's because they were all in the same liquid together?
- Bugscope Team silica-shelled single-celled alga
- Teacher Say THAT 10 times fast!
- Teacher silica-shelled single-celled...I can't evey type it correctly.
- Bugscope Team diatoms can be found in dirt as well
- Bugscope Team near reevers
- Bugscope Team now you can see the gills
- Teacher What ARE diatoms, I'm feeling like a little kid at Christmas right now.
Bugscope Team They are a type of algae.
Bugscope Team They are known for their complex, and very beautiful, silicon shells that they create.
Bugscope Team They're found world-wide, in both fresh and salt water.
Bugscope Team They're very useful to geologists because if they are found in a soil sample, that is indicative of a wet environment, hence a lost lake or sea.
- Teacher LOL!!!! Land quarters!!!!
- Bugscope Team Water Pennies are a type of beetle - as larvae they are aquatic and as adults they live on land
Bugscope Team they become land quarters
Bugscope Team *rimshot*
- Teacher LIFE.
- Teacher Do they really have a terrestrial stage of their lify cycle?
Bugscope Team yes :)
Bugscope Team this is beneficial because now larvae and adults don't compete for food
Bugscope Team their carapace closes and eventually they become red-eared turtles
Bugscope Team I felt the same way when I moved out and didn't have to compete with my little brother for food...
- Bugscope Team this is one of its paws
- Teacher Can we scoot to the whirligig beetle?
Bugscope Team I may have to drive directly
Bugscope Team Whirligig beetle are my favorite beetle
Bugscope Team There's something not quite right about the whirligig preset. Go to the whirligig tarsi first, then zoom out.
Bugscope Team beetles*
- Bugscope Team you can see tenent setae and the claw
- Teacher What the heck are the little mushroom-looking things??
Bugscope Team tenent setae; they help them cling to surfaces
Bugscope Team houseflies have setae like that as well
- Bugscope Team you can take the mag way down to see the rest of the whirligig beetle when you are ready
- Teacher Not mushrooms, they look like little trumpets...
- Bugscope Team once you get to a lower mag you can click to center
- Teacher That gets cooler and cooler...
Bugscope Team This thing looks like it has the weirdest hairdo ever.
- Teacher Matt says it looks like the Statue of Liberty's crown. Sort of.
- Teacher hehe, or the weirdest hairdo ever! Like a muppet.
Bugscope Team Or a minion.
- Bugscope Team They have split eyes so that they can see under water and above water clearly
- Bugscope Team cool fact about whirligig beetles is that they have a split eye! Their regular compound eyes split into 2 so they have 4 eyes - two on each side, one below the water for looking for prey in the water and one above looking for predators
- Teacher Yes, Joe & TJ! That is so right and just one of the great things about these...
- Bugscope Team you can kind of make out the split eye here
- Bugscope Team some earwigs have split eyes as well
- Teacher So much "hair"....the whirligig also takes a water bubble down to the bottom to breathe, so I bet the hairs help "hold" the air bubble.
Bugscope Team probably not the hair in this part, they actually trap the air under the elytra as adults.
- Teacher I wonder if those little cups on the ends of the "paws" help with suction for some reason?
Bugscope Team most likely so they don't get sucked away when they want to be stationary? they tend to be in water that is constantly flowing
- Bugscope Team I don't actually go outside much, unless it's to scurry from building to building
- Teacher Scott, I didn't want to know that about earwigs. Like, ever. ;-)
Bugscope Team they are super fun for us, plus they also have mites
- Teacher That's what we were thinking...
- Bugscope Team these are spiracles, as far as I can tell; I think they're there because the mp was in the same liquid as the water type dudes
- Bugscope Team I mean that is why the canoes are there...
- Teacher The anemone-looking things...those aren't cilia, are they?
Bugscope Team we could call them cilia; in this case they are part of the filtration apparatus that keeps the spiracle from sucking in dust
- Teacher These are diatoms in a what? Spiracle? That's a breathing hole, right?
Bugscope Team The diatoms are the large, canoe-shaped structures.
Bugscope Team Perhaps I should have said coffin-shaped structures, given the season.
- Guest Lol
- Teacher Hah, Mo says "oh, like nose hairs."
Bugscope Team exactically
- Teacher hah. Hey, is that the Macenfish family??
- Bugscope Team Scotts twerking the image...
- Bugscope Team These ones are pennate diatoms.
- Teacher Scott, stop twerking. :-)\
- Guest It sure is! This is awesome!
- Teacher And we can keep checking this whole session out for years, they archive it.
- Teacher What is that weird log-thing to the left side of the spiracle?
Bugscope Team some kind of juju
Bugscope Team Are you referring to the brigher object, at about 8 o'clock?
- Teacher Oh, right, "juju"...I remember that. It's a technical term, right? ;-D
Bugscope Team Yes. Very.
- Teacher Hi, Pennbug...who is that? :-) This is a breathing-hole in a stonefly, I believe?
- Guest So what insect are we actually seeing right now?
Bugscope Team this is a millipede, an arthropod
- Teacher OH, the mililpede, not the stonefly.
- Bugscope Team Diatoms are the coolest and weirdest. Most of them have an obligate sexual phase.
Bugscope Team like college students
Bugscope Team lol
- Bugscope Team Yes. That's dirt. Yes indeedy.
- Bugscope Team confirmed dirt
- Teacher Ooooh, who knew millipedes were so filthy?
- Bugscope Team Dirt dirt dirty dirt dirt.
- Bugscope Team No point in looking longer.
- Bugscope Team There is a lot of things to see. Keep exploring.
- Guest Leilani says she is scarred for life now
- Bugscope Team oops gang signs
- Teacher I wanna see the dragonfly mouth!
- Teacher Hehehe, who else wants to steer?
Bugscope Team Go for it...
Bugscope Team Lots of interesting presets today.
- Teacher Leilani....hahah! Bugs are SO cool!
- Guest That mouth is so CUTE!!!
- Teacher This is the dragonfly...
Bugscope Team There you go. Those are eyes to the right and left.
- Teacher Dragonflies have a lower jaw that shoots out like an alien, grabs its prey in a vise, and hauls it back to be eaten. :-)
- Teacher Jay Leno has NOTHING on these guys. ;-)
- Guest Okay.....the girls are won over now!
- Bugscope Team it's funny because when they grow up their heads are poorly attached to their thoraces
Bugscope Team too much eye for their own good.
- Bugscope Team kind of like Jay Leno with that super long jaw
Bugscope Team hahaha. they have a one up on Jay Leno, theirs is extendable like in Aliens
Bugscope Team you beat me to that Joe!
- Teacher The girls see any of the thumbnail images they want to look at closer?
- Teacher Pennbug -- who is Pennbug? :-)
- Guest Yes, roly poly please
- Bugscope Team these are some fungi Daniel found in a basket that looks like a mite carapace
- Bugscope Team fungal hyphae
- Teacher "Mystery stuff"....any ideas?
Bugscope Team I put that there. I assumed they were fungi.
- Teacher These are creatures we found in the Black River a few weeks ago, for you newcomers.
Bugscope Team This is a pretty clean river!
- Teacher Thanks, Joe -- it's hard to get that across to people.
- Teacher Dragonfly foot!!!!
- Teacher It's like a grappling-hook!
- Teacher TJ, hehe...
- Bugscope Team you can see that it does not have a pulvillus, at least not here
- Bugscope Team Hmmm. My chat appears to have goofed up a bit.
- Teacher There is a fungus amongus?
Bugscope Team something for everyone
Bugscope Team Yes there is I've heard that Scott is a Fungi ;)
Bugscope Team Do you people know my dad??? Better jokes please!
- Teacher What: you can see that it does not have a pulvillus?
- Bugscope Team the pulvillus is the pad that has the tenent setae on it; some beetles have several of them
- Bugscope Team sometimes the pulvillus is between the claws
- Teacher Thanks, Scott.
- Bugscope Team like in Spanish tener and in Latin
- Teacher See what I did there?
- Bugscope Team see no sticky pads; no wonder they rarely land
- Teacher Wow, those are some "tenacious" hooks!
Bugscope Team same root!
- Teacher "Tenent setae"? I know setae are the "hairs" that help bugs feel and sense their surroundings...
Bugscope Team tenent means they hold
Bugscope Team These are there to increase the surface area that is touched. I think the adhesive stuff is made elsewhere.
- Teacher They don't just stand here or there, dragonflies "perch" in a grasping hold.
- Bugscope Team these are like vorticella, and behind them are bacteria
- Teacher ROLY POLY for the Macenfish girls! Coming up.
- Bugscope Team also now we are looking at a kind of gills, right?
- Bugscope Team haha librarian
- Bugscope Team you can barely see one of the compound eyes, to the right
- Teacher Roly poly looks a lot creepier this close!
- Teacher Polka dots!
- Bugscope Team this one has super nice mouthparts and also antennae
- Bugscope Team genetically - Rolypoly are actually more related to Crabs than they are to insects
Bugscope Team I don't thnk they have much meat on them, though
- Teacher Aww, bye! But who are you, Pennbug?
- Guest Thanks that was cool, bye!
Bugscope Team Thank you, PennBug!
- Teacher I wouldn't want to collect enough of these to dip in butter!
- Teacher This is a land-based bug...roly poly or pillbug, yes?
Bugscope Team woodlouse
Bugscope Team Yes, though there are some really giant isopods living in the ocean that are about the size of two adult fists. They're also pearly white (and creepy). Of course, you can buy a smartphone case in that shape from some company in Japan...
- Teacher Can we zoom in to see the spiracles on this?
Bugscope Team never seen spiracles on rps; they'll be high on the sides
- Teacher Okay, so what are these spots?
- Teacher Suction cups??
- Teacher NOT holes...what the heck are they?
Bugscope Team they're little sensory flaps, like leaves, I think
- Bugscope Team Where are we in relation to the whole body?
Bugscope Team yo dude this is the head
- Teacher Matt thought they looked like scales...leaves is a great comparison. This is above the eyes, like the forehead?
- Teacher What do the girls think of this? :-0
- Bugscope Team this is a really well-preserved rolypoly
- Bugscope Team you can see its antlers now
- Teacher Oh, yeah...Mo thought that's what those are.
- Guest They said it looks nothing like a roly poly
- Teacher I can zoom it out and they can see...
- Teacher HAHAHA....so that's NOT part of the bug.
Bugscope Team Uh, no. Sorry. :)
- Bugscope Team silver paint lower left
- Bugscope Team want me to show you the eye?
- Guest Thank you!
- Bugscope Team we're looking off the edge of the stage, to the right
- Teacher See the edge of the shell?
- Bugscope Team You can see one of the hexhead bolts on the right there.
Bugscope Team Ooops. Scott just corrected me. It is a torx screw.
Bugscope Team Daniel is super trolerant.
Bugscope Team I am not a troll.
- Bugscope Team tolerant or trollerant -- one of those NYTimes Magazine words
- Teacher Hehe, "trolerant"!
- Guest Cooooool!
- Bugscope Team there is part of the compound eye -- those three ommatidia
- Guest Cool! Triple eye!
- Bugscope Team oh i just remembered, isopods have that one species that destroys a fishes tongue and then just sits there eating some of the food as a parasite, right?
Bugscope Team Yes. Those are awesome.
Bugscope Team That's one word for that.
Bugscope Team http://www.wired.com/2013/11/absurd-creature-of-the-week-the-parasite-that-eats-and-replaces-a-fishs-tongue/
Bugscope Team Keep your mouth closed while swimming, kids!
- Teacher That's the eye of the roly poly???
Bugscope Team yes it is, part of one of them
- Teacher I had no idea. Or eye-dea
Bugscope Team goodness
- Teacher Caddisfly head!!!
- Teacher Daniel....too funny! I had someone ask me today if these things would crawl in your eyes, nose, ears while you were swimming. They have no interest in being on people I don't think; we move too much!
Bugscope Team just don't go outdoors
Bugscope Team Or don't bathe.
- Teacher Is the opening actually the mouth?
Bugscope Team yes but it has a lot of frilly stuff protecting it
- Bugscope Team do we get to see its housing?!
Bugscope Team Emperor's new house, in this case.
- Bugscope Team it has raptorial forelimbs
- Teacher Yup, and those are gills, I believe, not legs.
Bugscope Team insects run out of legs at six
- Teacher Joe, I love that! I've seen photos of that jewelry...wicked cool.
- Guest Parasites are the scariest thing EVER! It is like the movie Alien come to life!
Bugscope Team Try not to think of the ones living the PORES ON YOUR FACE RIGHT NOW!!!!! B)
Bugscope Team for sure. we work with the parasitoid wasp people too
- Teacher parasites do freak me out, too...this little caddis is a filter-feeder, helping to keep the river clear of floating detritus.
- Teacher Oooh, you're helping the parasitoid wasp folks ID Emerald Ash Borers or something?
- Guest Not funny, Daniel...........lol
Bugscope Team Demodex folliculorum
- Teacher Yeah, Daniel's winning friends and influencing people today... ;-D
- Guest Yup, my kind of bug.....a little filter!
- Bugscope Team this is cool -- little pitcher plants on the tail
- Teacher Haven't looked at the damselflyl yet...
- Teacher These guys bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "bug eyes!"
- Bugscope Team this is a whateverfly larva
- Teacher Damselfly. ;-) Or "whateverfly."
- Bugscope Team like the dragonfly larva it has a super long jaw
- Teacher Whoa!!!
- Teacher Like feathers!!
- Teacher Okay, sharp feathers.
- Bugscope Team so totally awesome
- Teacher Damselfly leg/foot/claw....
- Bugscope Team My guess would be to sense the flow of the water
- Guest What do those things do?
Bugscope Team likely they sense water flow, and perhaps some of them sense chemicals in the water
- Guest Interesting!
- Bugscope Team Scott's twerking again...
- Teacher WHOA....it's like an alien landscape!
- Teacher Do you lab guys want to steer for a while, take us to see anything you thought was interesting that we haven't seen yet?
Bugscope Team Scott was playing with it just to focus a bit. I think he's looking at juju now.
- Teacher More diatoms in the background, those canoe-shaped things.
- Teacher There. Just, wow.
- Teacher Yup, TJ...diversity and populous, that's what we want to see.
- Teacher Sorry, diverse and populous.
- Teacher Quality and quantity.
- Bugscope Team Mr. Peanut.
- Teacher ??? Corn chex?
- Teacher hehehe...!
- Bugscope Team Oops. Got a bit dark there. Sorry about that. I did that. :(
- Bugscope Team Scott is trying to think of something interesting to look at .
Bugscope Team He had something in mind but is trying to remember where it went since he didn't save it as a preset.
- Teacher Those aren't bacteria, are they?
- Teacher mayfly tails, perhaps? That could be cool.
Bugscope Team Ok. We'll head to the mayfly.
- Bugscope Team more diatoms.
Bugscope Team I'd like to see more diatoms, is what i meant by that.
- Teacher Awesome!!! the mayfly head!
Bugscope Team Moving to the mayfly booty.
- Bugscope Team Mayfly cerci
- Bugscope Team Ok. Here we are. If you zoom out or in, it will save this image in your database. (When Scott drives or makes changes, the images aren't recorded.)
- Teacher Some are gatherers and eat algae, others are predatory, I believe.
Bugscope Team yup.
- Bugscope Team we can see where one of the three cerci is missing too bad it took me a week to type this
- Teacher Mayflies generally have 3 tails, this guy might've lost one in transit to you or during collection or in the wild.
Bugscope Team I think you can see where one broke off.
- Bugscope Team frass
- Guest Poor bug -leilani
- Teacher Yup, you can see the "socket" for the missign tail.
Bugscope Team It just couldn't wait to grow up.
Bugscope Team adult mayflies have two cerci
- Teacher hehe, Leilani....
- Teacher Is that another diatom?
- Teacher So pretty...
- Teacher Armando is here now, too -- we want to ask what this is?
Bugscope Team Scott is back on a diatom.
Bugscope Team I like this one.
- Bugscope Team Here's the inside of the chamber.
Bugscope Team You can see all your little critters on their backs.
- Teacher That is so cool!!!
- Guest wow!
- Bugscope Team If you click on a preset, you can see the stage move.
Bugscope Team Well, sort of. It was bit jerky.
- Teacher Macs, is there anything else you wanted to check out before we move to one or two more presets?
Bugscope Team Going back to the regular view.
- Teacher Thanks, Joe!!
- Bugscope Team Ok, i have to head out. Bye!
Bugscope Team Thank you, Joe!!!
Bugscope Team Thanks!
- Teacher This is the "paw" or claw/foot of the whirligig beetle...
- Guest No, thank you so very much! It was super awesome!
- Teacher Little suction cup structures...no idea these were part of a whirligig. Those bugs move SO fast!
- Bugscope Team when we run the microscope for Bugscope we work far from the polepiece, where the electrons enter the chamber, so we can show you the specimens at low as well as high mag
Bugscope Team it means we do not have the best resolution capability
Bugscope Team that is, we would achieve better resolution of the fine details if we were closer to the specimens
- Teacher Scott, this is incredible...I'm having more fun that I've had in weeks. :-)
Bugscope Team Even with the talk of tongue parasites and facial mites?
- Teacher Oh, the Macs didn't see the millipede, either...
Bugscope Team You should go there now.
Bugscope Team THe images will be saved in the database for later viewing.
- Teacher This is a MITE on one of the LEGS of the millipede!!! Just, wow.
- Bugscope Team see the mite, right in the center where it feels most comfortable
- Teacher Daniel, it's ALL good with me. :-D
- Guest Eeeeeeewwwwwwww.......DANIEL!
Bugscope Team Here is the millipede!
Bugscope Team Head is in the upper left, curled up and hard to see.
- Bugscope Team http://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2014-057
- Guest LoL :)
- Teacher Heheh!
- Teacher Matt's mom is here for a moment...just wanted to show her what we've been up to.
- Bugscope Team I think this type of mite does not have eyes
- Teacher So many legs!
- Guest You are cracking me up :) I love it! Lol
- Guest He's just trying to bug me!
Bugscope Team Who me? On the millipede here? I believe you mean I'm trying to arthropod you. Millipedes aren't bugs. B)
Bugscope Team *rimshot*
- Teacher If I were that mite, living on that leg, I wouldn't want eyes, either!
- Bugscope Team sometimes we see plant mites with double sets of eyes, and we can see that they are polarized
- Teacher Another spiracle?
- Bugscope Team we're going to have to shut down to let Sang Yup use the 'scope now...
- Bugscope Team But this has been a lot of fun. Thank you, Everyone!
- Guest Awwwwwww :(
- Teacher Thank you guys SO Much!
- Teacher The kids had a blast, loved the mite and this shot of the spiracle...
- Guest No thank you! This has been FANTASTIC!
- Bugscope Team Millipedes are vegetarians and their "counterpart" - centipedes are carnivorous
Bugscope Team T.J. any thoughts on why millipedes are venomous? Is it purely defensive?
Bugscope Team Just curious.
Bugscope Team I don't think any are venomous actually
Bugscope Team they just have some that release chemicals on their body that people have allergic reactions to or chemical reactions to
- Teacher Please thank Sang Yup again for giving us his time-slot!!
- Bugscope Team we will
- Teacher Good to know, TJ
- Teacher Take care, everyone! Macs, we'll see you Sunday!
- Bugscope Team See you, thank you!
- Bugscope Team Bye!
- Guest Yup that's cool!
- Bugscope Team Bye!!!!!!!