Connected on 2007-09-06 10:30:00
from Bozeman, MT, US
- 10:33 am
- Bugscope Teamlike I said, up till like yesterday it was on my calendar as noon
- 10:46 am
- Bugscope Teamwelcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamhey there
- Bugscope TeamWhen you are ready, either start driving the 'scope or select a preset to go to
- Bugscope Teamhi all, I am here too
- Bugscope TeamLet us know if you have any questions...we are eager to answer!
- Bugscope Teammr. mcgeehan, if you can see this, please try using firefox.
- 10:51 am
- Bugscope Teamokay, i'm calling him now
- 10:58 am
- Bugscope Teamhey welcome back!
- Bugscope Teamhi!
- Bugscope Teammr. mcgeehan, you can see this chat?
- TeacherHi Guys...kids just arrived and are getting their laptops
- Bugscope Teamis everything working ok?
- Bugscope Teamok, make sure they use firefox if they can. or IE.
- TeacherYes, I can see the chat...in a few minutes the kids will be ready with their questions
- Bugscope Teamexcellent!
- Bugscope Teamsafari is good too, in case they have mac laptops
- Bugscope TeamHello You All!
- 11:05 am
- Bugscope TeamMr. McGeehan -- if the kids have trouble with chat or seeing images you might want to have them use Firefox or Safari (if available). They're showing up as using a browser type we haven't tested the interface on
- Bugscope Teamhey everyone feel free to start asking questions
- Bugscope Teaminteresting that we see scales here
- TeacherWe don't have firefox and the explorer on our macs wasn't working properly. The kids are haing success using mozilla. Almost ready
- StudentWhat percentage of bugs help the planet?
Bugscope Teampretty near 0. Almost all insects play a vital role in their ecosystem whether it be controlling other insect populations, helping decompose dead plants and animals, etc
- Bugscope Teambtw Scott, there are quite a few insetcs with those brochosomes on them
- Bugscope Teamfew insects have scales besides butterflies, moths, skippers, mosquitos, and silverfish
- Bugscope Teamprobably more bugs help the planet than we realize until there start to be problems
- Bugscope Teamlike with the decline in bee populations affecting crop pollination
- Bugscope Teamthis kind of looked like a mosquito but up close it just looked weird so I wasn't sure
- Bugscope TeamBees are very very beneficial, they polinate crops and make honey and wax
- Bugscope Teamhaha, whoops, somethign wrong with the chat parsing there, should have been "pretty near 100 percent"
- Bugscope TeamI wonder if the brochosomes come from having been collected together or swimming in the same fluids AD
- Bugscope Teamalso flies and carrion beetles are beneficial because they decompose dead and rotten stuff
- Bugscope Teamants do that as well, efficiently
- Bugscope Teami almost added ants
- Bugscope Team;)
- StudentWhat is that a picture of?
- StudentWHAT IS THIS A PIC OF
- Bugscope Teamtake the mag down to see where you are
- Bugscope TeamMr. McGeehan, try expanding the browser window, it may be cutting off the scroll bar?
- Bugscope TeamMosquito?
- Bugscope Teamwhat we are looking at is the limb or body of an insect with scales on it
- 11:10 am
- TeacherIt sais that admins have locked controls, probably while finishing set up
- Bugscope TeamACK! Sorry, just unlocked it for you.
- Bugscope Teamit looks like the body of a mosquito, as Annie says
- Bugscope Teamoops on Alex
- Bugscope Teamour bad, we forgot to unlock the session when we finished setting up
- Bugscope Teamsilver paint on carbon background
- Bugscope Teamhere we are looking at the double sided---d'oh!
- Bugscope Teamthis is the substrate the insects are placed upon
- Bugscope Teamif you move toward the paint, to the right, you should find one of the samples for today
- Studentwhat percent of the world do bees take up?
Bugscope TeamWell, I don't know if anyone knows exactly what percentage of insects bees are. There are lots of bees, not just honey bees that are all beneficial
- Bugscope Teamunfortunately they are now taking up less, whatever the number is
- TeacherMy screen reads "Please wait while that command executes..."
- Bugscope TeamThere are orchid bees and carpenter bees and "sweat bees" and stingless bees
- Bugscope Teamdid it quit?
- Bugscope Teami wouldn't mind those stongless bees
- Bugscope Teamnow we're back to the mosquito preset
- Bugscope Teamgrr
- Bugscope Teamhaha
- Bugscope Teamstingless!
- TeacherOK...got it figured out
- Bugscope Teamwhen I lived in Okinawa we had tickle bees
- Bugscope Teamand they didn't sting?
- Bugscope Teamyou could catch them and they would tickle the inside of your hand trying to get away
- Bugscope Teamno stinging
- 11:15 am
- Bugscope Teamyou can imagine I was surprised when I got to the States
- Bugscope Teambzzt
- Bugscope TeamWe only have one species of stingless bee in the US--I think in Southern Texas
- Bugscope Teamcool
- Bugscope Teamthis is kind of a weird shaped mouth
- StudentWhat is the microscopes highest magnification
Bugscope TeamI've run it up to about 800,000 times magnification, although it was with a special sample under ideal conditions
Bugscope Teamfor comparison, an optical microscope tops out at ~2,000 times magnification, so there is a huge difference
- Bugscope Teamthis is a weird view
- StudentAre these real bugs?
Bugscope Teamyes, they are all real
- Bugscope TeamScott said this might be a deer fly
- Bugscope Teamthese guys have slashing mouthparts
- Bugscope Teamnot a true bug but a real bug, yes
- Bugscope TeamSlashing lapping mouth parts!
- Bugscope Teamtrue bugs are hemiptera? Annie?
- Bugscope TeamCorrect
- Bugscope Teamthat is why it hurts so much when they bite
- Bugscope TeamAnnie is our bug lady
- Bugscope Teamthis is a compound eye
- Bugscope Teamthe individual facets of the eye are the ommatidia
- Bugscope Teamlike multiple tiny lenses
- Bugscope TeamOOF
- Bugscope Teambetter!
- Bugscope Teamgood job driving!
- Bugscope Teamwe usually do not get useful images above 200,000x
- 11:20 am
- Studenthow many eye fasits are in one compond eye?
Bugscope Teamthe number seems to depend heavily on how important vision is to the insect with flying insects having the most and underground insects like ants having very few
- Bugscope Teamthere are thousands here, you can imagine
- Bugscope Teamin an ant there are often so few it is easy to count them
- Bugscope Teamtoo many to count without getting extremely bored, I would say
- Bugscope Teamthis is a great shot!
- Student HOW MUCH BETTER IS AN INSECT'S VISION THAN HUMAN'S?
- Bugscope TeamTNTC too numerous to count
- Bugscope Teaminsects can see better peripherally, and they can see in the ultraviolet (some of them)
Bugscope Teamregarding ultraviolet: insects and plants have co-evolved such that flowers sometimes have intricate designs viewable only via UV which attract the insects
- Bugscope Teami am trying to look it up!
- Bugscope Teamgood answer Chas
- Bugscope Teamthat is, they have better peripheral vision, or better coverage
- Studenthow many times does an deer fly eat a day?
Bugscope Teammale and female deer flys eat different things, but they mostly are trying to eat all day long. females eat blood, males collect pollen.
- Bugscope Teamyou can tell that eyes are important to this fly in relation to the size of her antennae
- Bugscope Teamgood question
- Bugscope Teamcan't find it....durn
- Bugscope Teamkind of looks like the bug has an ugly mole or something here
- StudentWhat is the mite eating here?
- Bugscope TeamI think deer flies will eat multiple times until they are full
- 11:25 am
- Bugscope TeamFemale deer flies eat blood, and males feed on nectar or sap
- Bugscope Teamif they are like mosquitosl, the females need blood in order to be able to successfully lay their eggs
- Bugscope TeamI think they are like mosquitoes
- Bugscope Teamwe don't know much about this mite, and it is hard to see all of it the way it is perched on its host
- Bugscope TeamI almost got bitten by a deer fly in California...but I squished it in time!
- Bugscope Teamfly eye!
- StudentWhat are some rare insects?
Bugscope TeamThere are a number of butterflies that are endangered because of habitat loss, such as the Karner blue. There are some endangered beetles that live in sand dunes in the Western US.
- Studentwhat is the fastes beetle in the world?
Bugscope Teamsome beetle fly, so i would think the flying beetls are the fastest ones, but i'm not sure. that's a good question.
- Bugscope Teamonce we had a fly from Israel here, and there were only six known in the world
- TeacherWhat are the little spikes sticking out of the eye
Bugscope Teamthose are setae (or seta singular) which are "insect hairs"
- Bugscope Teamsometimes the habitat is so specialized and isolated that it would be easy to think that there are very few insects outside of that place
- Bugscope Teamthe spikes are mechanosensory setae that give the fruit fly information about wind direction
- Bugscope TeamThere are many insects that are rare, just because we don't know much about their life cycles or where they feed...the host tree for the largest beetle in the world is unknown...so they are pretty rare too.
- Bugscope TeamTiger beetles can run really fast!
- Bugscope TeamI bet a tiget beetle is the fastest beetle
- 11:30 am
- Bugscope Teamannie you are right, i looked up tiger beetls and it says for it's size the tiger beetle is the fastest land moving animal in the world!
- Bugscope Teamtiger
- Bugscope Teamawsesome
- Bugscope Teamsp
- Bugscope Teamawesome
- Studenthow many insects come into the lab from differnt places in the world each day?
Bugscope Teamwell, that depends upon the lab. The government has very strict rules about importing live insects from outside the country. Some labs that are specially equipped can import exotic insects.
- Bugscope Teamout
- Studentcan insects go blind
Bugscope TeamThere are some insects that can't see---maybe they don't have eyes (some larvae or some cave dwelling insects). Some insects use chemicals to sense their environment and so they don't need eyes.
- StudentCan the microscope see in color??
Bugscope TeamWell, not really, but we can add color to the image afterwords, based on the elemental analysis of the image.
Bugscope Teamcolor we see is due to pigments selectively reflecting or absorbing the many wavelengths of light that make up white-light. since this microscope relies on interactions between a beam of electrons (particles, not photons), there is definitely no relation to color we see with our eyes
- Bugscope Teamit depends on the lab
- Bugscope Teamthe microscope cannot see in color
- Bugscope Teamthe electron beam is 2.1 nanometers across, and visible light is 400 to 700 nanometers in wavelength
- Bugscope Teamhere is a website with our colorized ESEM images: http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/diversions/gallery.htm
- Bugscope Teamso the electron beam is much smaller than the wavelengths of visible light
- Bugscope Teamplus the samples we are looking at are coated with gold-palladium to make them conductive, so they are actually silver-colored
- StudentWhere is the microscope now??
Bugscope Teami'm sitting right next to it. let me put my head in there...... just kidding.
Bugscope Teamit is in Urbana, Illinois.
Bugscope TeamIt itself is about the size of a medium refridgerator, while it's support equipment fills the rest of a small room. It stays put in a special room in the basement at the Beckman building
- 11:35 am
- Bugscope Teamthe microscope is here in the basement of the Beckman Institute building in Urbana Illinois
- Bugscope Teamhere I would just decrease the mag some, we are really high in magnification, and it could be hard to focus
- Bugscope Teamthese are brochosomes
- Bugscope Teamnice
- Bugscope Teamthis fly has been fraternizing with leafhoppers
- Bugscope Teambrochosomes look like soccer balls and they are all over this insects eye
- Bugscope Teamleafhoppers are the only insects that produce brochosomes, which are tiny (as Cate says) soccerball-like waxy bodies
- Studentwhat is a brochosome?
Bugscope Teamsomething a leafhooper makes that are thought to protect their eggs
- Bugscope Teamd'oh, wrong its
- Studentwhat is the lifespan of a deer fly
Bugscope TeamProbably a month or so.
- Bugscope Teambrochosomes can be round, like these, or oval
- Studentwhat are brochosomes for
- Bugscope Teamaccording to wikipedia atleast
- StudentAre the digestive juices in a fly the same in a human?
Bugscope TeamThey are different, I am not sure the exact composition, but flies eat things that humans can't so...they probably have different enzymes in there
- Bugscope Teamand they are often just a few hundred nm across
- Studentthank you
- StudentThank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Studentthank you
- Studentthanks your cool
- Studentthanks alot
- Bugscope Teamwell I hope you had fun
- Studentthank you we have to go to lunch!!!!
- Bugscope Teamglad to have you guys on!
- Bugscope Teamyou all rule. laterz.
- Bugscope Teamthanks for your questions
- 11:41 am
- Bugscope TeamMr McGeehan do have another class coming up?
- TeacherYou guys are great!!!! Thanks a bunch...these guys go to lunch now and a new group will be here at 12:18 CT, I am showing a few other teachers the program now
- Bugscope Teamok, we'll be ready for ya.
- Bugscope Teamgreat
- Bugscope Teamif you have any questions before hand, please let us know.
- TeacherOK...take a break...more kids back in about 30 minutes. See you in a few
- Bugscope TeamMr. McGeehan you are welcome to drive around the scope now, or let some other teachers try it. We are standing by for whatever you want to do.
- Bugscope Teamoh, okay, see you soon then.
- 11:46 am
- Bugscope TeamMr. McGeehan, when you come back your session may have timed out. If so, just login again. Make sure to use Firefox, not Netscape.
- TeacherOK, will do...mozilla seemed to work best on the kids computers...I was running Firefox
- Bugscope TeamGood to know, thanks
- 12:14 pm
- Bugscope TeamHi Ginger, are you with Chief Joseph Middle School or just dropping in?
- Bugscope TeamHi Ginger!
- GuestHi Everyone! A teacher in our school system (Lauderdale County Schools Alabama) sent out an e-mail about this site so I thought I would drop in for a visit.
- Bugscope Teamno problemo
- Bugscope Teamgreat, well we're not doing much right now as we're waiting for the second class session to come in. they're supposed tobe back soon though
- Bugscope Teamwe are waiting for a new session to start. a school from montana
- Bugscope TeamGinger how long do you have to stay with us?
- GuestGreat. I don't mind waiting. I'm here until 3:00. Btw, I have a degree in elementary education but my position right now is in tobacco prevention.
- Bugscope TeamGinger, we'll give you control of the scope here till today's teacher logs back in
- Bugscope TeamIf you have any questions about what you see on the screen, don't hestitate to ask
- Bugscope TeamYou should have a set of controls show up to the right of the microscope image
- Bugscope TeamGinger we can let you drive now -- Chas has given you control of the 'scope.
- GuestOh, wow! What do I do?
- Bugscope Teamif you would like to click on a preset or use the drive controls
- 12:19 pm
- Bugscope Teamtry clicking on a preset first
- Bugscope Teamyou should see, for example, presets on the right of the chat here
- Bugscope Teamlet us know if you have trouble
- Bugscope Teamthere ya go!
- Bugscope Teamthese are tenent setae, with brochosomes on them
- Bugscope Teamsetae are what we have to call hairs
- GuestOh my gosh! This is so cool!! My dad is a science teacher and he will love this! He's been teaching 40 yrs!
- Bugscope Teamthey are in this case what helps the firefly attach to glass or the ceiling
- Bugscope Teamyou can take the mag down to see where you are
- Bugscope Teamwe would love to work with you/your dad
- Bugscope Teamtell him to sign up for a session! http://discord.itg.uiuc.edu/participation
- Bugscope TeamNow you can see what the firefly has on its tarsi that allow it to stick to glass
- Bugscope Teamif you take the mag down further you can see where you are on the body
- Bugscope Teamhi mr. mcgeehan!
- Bugscope Teamwelcome back.
- 12:24 pm
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready for you and your class.
- Bugscope TeamThat's all for now Ginger, thanks for joining us. You're welcome to stay and watch!
- Bugscope TeamGinger it just happened that we were running a session when you dropped in. This is not up all of the time. But be sure to stay connected today while Mr McGeehan's class runs the 'scope, if you would like.
- TeacherOK...I'm back...it will take a few more minutes to get all of the kids logged in
- Bugscope TeamCool.
- GuestThank you very much. I'm thrilled to have been able to take part.
- Bugscope TeamGinger just stopped in from Alabama, and she got to drive for a sec.
- Bugscope TeamGinger you can watch the commentary and chime in if you'd like. Be sure to tell your dad about this.
- Bugscope TeamYou are welcome to participate, as is your dad.
- Bugscope TeamWe have given control to Mr McGeehan, who is helping his students log in for this part of his session. He has been with us before.
- GuestThanks, I called him just now. His school internet is down, but I sent him the link. He loves stuff like this!! He teaches at Mars Hill Bible School here in Florence, AL.
- Bugscope TeamGinger you can write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bugscope Teamhey guys, go ahead in asking whatever questions you may have as we go along
- Bugscope TeamMy email is email@example.com
- GuestThank you, Scott. Bye for now.
- Bugscope TeamThank You.
- 12:29 pm
- Bugscope TeamMr McGeehan's class be sure to let us know when you have questions. There are four or five of us on this end to help you.
- Bugscope TeamThis guy has interesting mouthparts.
- Bugscope Teamwe are looking at the head of a beetle
- Studenthow many lenses does this bug have?
- Studentwhat is your favorite insect to look at?
Bugscope TeamI think my favorite insect to examine during bugscope is a mosquito or a tick
- Bugscope TeamI bet it has about 150 ommatidia on each of the two compound eyes.
- Bugscope TeamLately it's been fun to image earwigs, which often have mites on them.
- Studentwhat is a ommatidia
- Bugscope TeamOmmatidia are the individual eye facets.
- Bugscope Teameven though a tick is not an insect, of course
- Bugscope TeamYou can just about count them.
- StudentWhen did you get the microscope?
- Bugscope Teamin the beginning of 1999.
- Studenthow much does the microscope cost???
- Bugscope TeamThe microscope is large. We brought it in on pallets and assembled it here.
- Studenthow do you prepare the bugs
- Bugscope Teamabout $600,000.
- Bugscope TeamCate can tell you about that.
- 12:35 pm
- Bugscope Teambasically we go through a stock of bugs and pick out some interesting ones
- Bugscope Teamthen we put them onto a stub that is a couple inches in diameter that has double stick carbon tape
- Studentwhat is your favorite part of the insect to look at?
Bugscope TeamMy favorite part is usually the eyes....just because you can tell a lot about an insect from its eyes.
- Studenthow far in can you zoom on the microscope?
Bugscope Team200,000x is about the maximum useful for most samples, although with a special one I've imaged at 800,000x magnified!
- Bugscope Teamyou will notice that all the insects we look at today are either on their backs or sides, the back of an insect is rarely interesting to look at
- Bugscope TeamI guess they say that about people too!
- Studentwhat is the smallest insect in the world
Bugscope Teamwell, probably a type of parasitic wasp called a Mymarid--or fairy fly
Bugscope Teamthe fairfly is very small, not sure it's the smallest, but it's less than 0.139mm in length
- Studentcan you put any thing besides insects in this microscope
- TeacherOk...be honest now...have you ever plucked a nose hair and looked at it just for fun
Bugscope TeamI've looked at all sorts of weird stuff, but not nose hairs yet. I did look at newborn baby hair, it was SUPER thin
- Bugscope TeamI guess that would be a fairyfly--since it isn't really a "fly"
- Bugscope Teamhahaha
- Bugscope TeamEeuuw.
- 12:40 pm
- Studentwhat are the little hairs on the eye
Bugscope Teamthese hairs (which we call setae) help the fly to navigate in the wind
- Studenthaha..Have you ever eaten an insect on purpose?
Bugscope Teamyup...several different types of insects, in fact
- Bugscope Teamthey're mechanosensory setae
- Studentcan you put any thing other than a insect in this microscpoe
Bugscope Teamyou can put tons of stuff in, the main requirement is that it's dry, although our microscope has a special mode that can get around even that
- Bugscope Teamplucking nose hairs can cause brain damage...
- Studenthow many insects have you looked at with the microscope???
Bugscope Teamwell, just in bugscope sessions alone we've run over 300 in 8 years, with probably ~8 bugs each... so thousands
- Bugscope TeamHere you can see the ocelli -- the extra three eyes on top of the head
- Studentdo insects see different than us cause they have all those facets?
Bugscope Teamlast I heard, it's essentially pure speculation as to how they percieve their environment... it's hard to say how their brain fuses all those images together
- Bugscope Teamthey see lots of images and process them together
- Studentwhy do they have so many facets instead of just one like us
Bugscope Teamthat is a good question, although I am not sure that it has an answer. Our one single eye is bigger than an insects many eyes...
- Bugscope Teamthe3 bumps in a triangle shape are the extra eyes
- Bugscope Teamin the brain
- Bugscope Teamfor a lot of flying insects the brain devotes most of its space to visual imaging
- TeacherWhat kinds of things can you learn about an insects by looking at it's eyes?
Bugscope Teamwell you can how important sight is to the insect. For a dragonfly or a horse fly--vision is really important. Dragonflies have to catch flying insects, horse flies have to avoid getting smushed. But insects like ants or ground beetles don't need to see much, since they live in the dirt...so they have smaller eyes.
- Bugscope Teamthe lobes of the brain dedicated to visual processing are huge
- Bugscope Teamfemale fly eyes are often further apart; those of males are often close together
- 12:46 pm
- Studenthow long would it take for a insect to drown with it's whole body underwater?
- Studentcan insects hold their breath?
Bugscope Teamsome insects breath through holes in the side of their bodies!
Bugscope Teambut they can typically close up those holes, the spiracles when they want to hold their breath. some can go for a long time, hours even with their spiracles closed up
- Bugscope Teamthey hold their breath by closing their spiracles
- Bugscope Teamso a roach on the stage in the microscope could close its spiracles and hold its breath until you let it out
Bugscope Teamif it were alive, maybe. more likely for something very small like a mite. once we actually did have a butterfly chrysalis hatch after surviving a bugscope session (we didn't think it was still alive before we put it in). we came back after the weekend and there was a butterfly in the room and the chrysalis was broken
- Studentwhat are the pads on the fireflys arm for??
- Bugscope Teamthat was a long answer
- Bugscope Teamthe pads are covered with tiny setae that allow the insect to stick to surfaces
- Bugscope Teamthe setae are called tenent setae, meaning, as in Spanish 'tener,' that they hold with them
- Bugscope Teamooh, you can see the tarsal claw
- Bugscope TeamYou can see that the insect can flew its tarsus and pull away from the surface when it takes a step
- Studentwhy do they breath out of there abdoman instead of there mouths
Bugscope Teaminsects have a different type of respiratory system than we do. Insects don't have blood to carry oxygen. Their cells get oxygen from their tracheae---which are the tubes they breath through...so it is like they have lots of mouths all over their bodies connected to little lungs that supply each individual cell with oxygen
- Studenthwo do you kill your bugs
- StudentHow many type of fireflys are there, and whay aren't ther that many aroud here?
Bugscope Teamthere are more than 2000 species of firefly in the world, most like tropical environments.
- Bugscope Teamusually the insects we get are already dead
- Bugscope Teamor we freeze them to kill them
- 12:51 pm
- Studentdo you now the names of most of the insects
- Bugscope TeamAnnie knows the names of most of the insects
Bugscope Teamha ha
- StudentWhen did you become interested in studying insects?
Bugscope TeamI became interested in studying insects when I was in high school in a biology class.
- Bugscope Teamanother long answer
- Studenthow so insects close their spiriacles
Bugscope TeamI am not sure if it is well understood, actually. They probably can close and open them with their muscles.
- Bugscope Teamfor most of us, we became interested in insects by imaging them as we are today
- Bugscope TeamI think they have a sort of muscular control of the openings
- Bugscope Teamthe spiracles
- Studenthow long do you think it takes for a insect to dye in the freezer
Bugscope Teamsometimes it takes more than a few days -- they just sleep until it warms up again
- Studentwhat is the life spand of an average insect??
Bugscope Teamas usual, it depends upon the insect. There are termite and bee queens that can live for many years, while some mayflies live for only a few hours as adults...
- Bugscope Teamooh, see...the ant has really small eyes because it lives in the dark and it relies on chemical communication and chemical signals to find its way around
- TeacherWhat is the shortest life span of an insect and the longest?
- Bugscope Teamyou can tell that ants use their antennae more than their eyes
- Bugscope Teamsome ants have no eyes at all
- Bugscope Teamthis ant we are looking at, we had once frozen for a few days, and we took them out and they were still moving around
- Bugscope Teamtook them a while to die
- 12:56 pm
- Bugscope Teamthink of 17-year locusts
- Bugscope Teamsometimes they wake up and it's the wrong year
- Bugscope Teamwhoops
- GuestFreezing them is actually very humane. They just get really sleepy. I had to do an insect collection in entymology at Auburn.
Bugscope Teamyup, because they're cold-blooded, their metabolisms just keep slowing down as the temperature decreases
- Bugscope Teamyah...and there are reports of longhorned beetles emerging from 40 year old furniture
- Bugscope Teamyeah it is disturbing when they wake up again out of the freezer
- Bugscope TeamThat is actually the record, I think.
- Bugscope Teamlonghorned beetles -- you mean cerambycids?
- StudentWhat is the ant laying on?
- Bugscope TeamYup. See. longhorned beetles are the best...what can I say? The biggest, the oldest...the awesomest
- Bugscope Teamit's on silver paint, on carbon tape
- Bugscope Teamthis one did not stay in focus
- Studentawsomest isn't a word
- Bugscope Teamthe little balls are brochosomes, which come from leafhoppers
- Bugscope Team;)
- Bugscope Teammost awesome
- Bugscope Teamlike in Wayne's World
- Studentdoes every insect grow setae
Bugscope Teamyes, I think so...because insects have exoskeletons they have to have a way to sense the external environment, and they setae are connected to the nervous system and they allow the insect to know what is going on around them
- TeacherHow do the leafhoppers put them there and why?
Bugscope TeamThe brochosome are produced by the malpighian tubules, which are like insect kidneys. How they are produced, is not well uinderstood.
- 1:01 pm
- Bugscope TeamThey have a self-anointing behavior in which they spread them over their bodies -- over the exoskeleton
- Studentwhere is the microscope located/
Bugscope Teamin urbana, illinois, i'm sitting right next to it: http://www.itg.uiuc.edu/ms/equipment/microscopes/esem/
- Bugscope Teamhere you can see the haltere
- GuestI found the best place to catch insects was at the tennis courts at night. I found the neatest specimens there. Good luck with your collections!
- Bugscope Teamsomebody looking for me...
- Bugscope TeamThe leafhoppers brush the brochosomes onto their egg masses to protect the eggs from drying out. That is the theory anyway.
- Studentwhat kind of food do insects eat
Bugscope Teamthey eat everything. Some eat garbage, some eat blood, some eat fungus, some eat other insects, some eat pollen, some eat nectar...some eat dead animals...I could go on and on
- Studentthank we have to go
- Studentthanks we gotta go
- Studentwhere so they find your insects
- Studentthanks, we have to go!
- Student thank
- StudentThanks we got to go
- Studentthank you we have to go
- Studentthank you... we have to go!!!
- Bugscope Teamthank you all for the questions!
- Bugscope Teambye bye! thanks for doing this!
- Bugscope Teamsometimes we find out insects by chance, and sometimes they are given to us by people like Annie
- Bugscope Teamginger, you want to hang out and drive a bit?
- TeacherWow...you guys know your stuff. Thanks again for a great session. The kids really enjoyed it!!! We are done for the day.
- Bugscope TeamThanks Mr. McGeehan!
- Bugscope Teamthanks mr. mcgeehan, you are very very good too. this was a good session for us.
- 1:07 pm
- GuestSure, Alex, if it's okay with you.
Bugscope Teamokay, let's wait until mr. mcgeehan is done.
- Bugscope TeamGreat, thanks for doing a session with us again
- Bugscope Teamokay, i'm giving control to giner now.
- Bugscope Teamginer it's yours
- Bugscope Teamack, ginger i mean.
- Bugscope Teamsorry
- Bugscope TeamGinger be sure to let us know if you have questions or any trouble driving.
- GuestThanks, I think I'll look at the deer fly mouth.
- Bugscope Teamthat's what I would've done
- Bugscope TeamGinger, you are using IE6, which works okay, but we really prefer people to use firefox. The interface works much better with firefox.
- Bugscope Teamwe were contacted by a guy who works for a toy company, and educational toy company
- Bugscope Teamand the guy wants us to take 3D images for him
- Bugscope Teamhe
- Bugscope TeamWhen you get your own session, we send you a link to a test compatibility page, where our software will determine if your computer setup (browser, internet acess, etc.) will work with bugscope.
- Bugscope Teamwill pay us industrial rate
- GuestNo hablo techno. Our tech person is fussy with our computers. How do I use firefox?
Bugscope TeamAh, not a problem. Firefox is just a program, like internet explorer, and you need to install it for it to work. There is also a non-install version, which we can show you how to setup without having to talk to your tech people.
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the slashing mouthparts
- 1:12 pm
- Bugscope TeamFirefox is just another browser. You or I would not notice the difference.
- Bugscope Teamcool
- Bugscope Teamf
- Bugscope Teamnow a little more focus
- Bugscope TeamFor now, using what you are now is fine.
- Bugscope Teamwe should be able to see how they cut
- Bugscope TeamAlex is it the IE6 that makes the screen go away?
Bugscope TeamI'm not sure, Chas may know. The screen can always be brought back with a refresh though.
- Bugscope Teamwhen you focus you are going in and out of the focal plane
- Bugscope Teamup and down in z
- Bugscope TeamGinger can you get it to focus? We can try it from here if you'd like.
- GuestThanks, that's much better. I better get back to work, though. Hee, hee. I've really enjoyed this.
- Bugscope Teamthat is a bad boy
- Bugscope TeamThanks for sitting in Ginger. Please just contact us if you want to do a session: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bugscope TeamAh Ginger Thank You!
- Bugscope TeamI'm outta here.
- 1:17 pm
- Bugscope Teamall right im loggin out
- Bugscope Teamthis is always fun for us
- Bugscope TeamShould I close the session Scott?
- Bugscope Teamhasta luego
- GuestMe, too. Thanks guys! I can tell you love your jobs!!
- Bugscope Teamyeah man go for it
- Bugscope TeamOkay, closing the session in a few seconds. See you everyone!