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- 1:50 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis looks like a certain self anointing individual
- Bugscope Teamcoolooc
- Bugscope Teamchasahc
- 1:56 pm
- Bugscope Teamgutenbergeregrebnetug
- Bugscope Teamare we done with presets?
- Bugscope Teamyeah until we find some more
- Bugscope Teamok
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready for St. Walburg school in canada!
- Bugscope Teamyou can unlockcolnu the session
- Bugscope Teamsession is unlocked ;)
- Bugscope Teamspider ain't so good lookin'
- Bugscope TeamCataku did a good job with what we gave her.
- 2:01 pm
- Bugscope Teamgotta be a lot of mosquitos up there
- Bugscope Teamyeah, hachet is a cool young adult book about a young boy who has to survive in the canadian wilderness, and in the story the mosquitoes almost drive him mad! great book
- 2:06 pm
- Bugscope Teamnice image
- Bugscope Teamwasp pulvillus
- Bugscope Teampreset?
- Bugscope Teamsure
- Bugscope Teamerus
- Bugscope Teamwelcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamHi! Welcome to Bugscope!
- Guestthis is awesome
- Guestso what are we looking at
- Guestthis is a cool website
- Guestwat is the werdest bug u ever seen
- Bugscope Teamhello
- Bugscope TeamThis is the tarsus of a wasp you sent -- the claw end of the tarsus.
- Bugscope Teamthis is a wasp, a close up of it's pulvillus
- Guesthow can you tell if the bug is male or female?
Bugscope Teamthat depends on what kind of bug it is. sometimes we can tell by how far apart the eyes are, others a good indicator is if it has an ovipositor, or if it has wings or not
- Guestare termites considered bugs?
- Guestwhat bug are we looking at?
- Guestdo you like bugs
- Guestwhere do bug go in winter
- Guesthow does a bumblebee fly?
- Bugscope Teamwith flies the eyes of males are often close together and those of females are far apart
- Bugscope Teamhello, miss renwick, welcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope Teambut many times it is very difficult to impossible to tell without dissecting the insect
- Guestare termites considered bugs?
- Guestwat do male mascetos eat
- 2:11 pm
- GuestI don't know
- Bugscope Teama bumblebee attaches its fore- and hindwings together so it can fly more efficiently
- Bugscope Teammiss renwick, you have control of the scope, you can move around at your will. if you have any questions, please ask, we are here to help
- Guesthow big are the claws
- Bugscope Teammale mosquitos eat nectar, or sometimes nothing
- Guestoooo ok
- GuestAre termites considered bugs?
- Guestwhat animal are we looking at?
- Bugscope Teamyou can take the mag down to see where you are
- Bugscope Teamwith spiders, the male is usually smaller than the female
- GuestI can they live with out eating any thing
- Guestwhy don't male moscitoes eat blood
- Bugscope Teamoh yeah sorry termites are insects but not true bugs, of which there are relatively few
- Guesthow close can you zoom in?
Bugscope Teamthe scope can magnify up to 600,000x, but for good images of bugs, 50x - 30,000x is a good range to stay in
- Guestwhy do bees have stingers
Bugscope Teamit is a defense mechanism to protect the hive. wasps and some ants have stingers as well.
- Guestwhat kind of bug is this?
- GuestWhy is there all those hairs in there mouth
Bugscope Teamthose hairs are called "setae" (see-tee), they are like cat whiskers, they help the bug to sense its environment
- Bugscope Teammale mosquitos just pretty much need to breed and they are done
- Guestoh i see
- Bugscope Teamthis is a beetle, and the hairs are often sensory
- Bugscope Teamthey do not have all of the same body systems as people
- Bugscope Teaminsects, for example, have their skeleton on the outside of the body
- Guestwhat r theyre body systems like
- Guesthow come some bugs live near water but they can't go in it?
- Guestwhy do flys have so many little eyes?
Bugscope Teamwell, those little eyes are actually part of a larger eye, called a compound eye. the compound eye has many facets (small bumps) which are called ommatidia
- Bugscope Teamand their 'blood' does not carry oxygen
- Guestwhat is the difference between bumblebees and bees
- Bugscope Teamcompound eyes are made up of many facets (the little eyes) called ommatidia
- 2:16 pm
- GuestWhy do some caterpillers make people swell, or itch?
Bugscope Teamsome of them have glands that secrete a substance that is harmful to animals so they won't get eaten
- Bugscope TeamI don't know what the difference is between bumblebees and bees -- we will have to look it up
- Bugscope Teambumblebees and sting more than once, while bees like honey bees will die when they sting you
- Bugscope Teamthe stinger of the honeybee is barbed and will stay in your
- Bugscope Teambe sure and try changing the mag, like to a lower mag, if you wish, here
- Guestwhy do they die when they sting you
Bugscope Teamthe barbed stinger stays in whatever it stings--when they sting, it is literally ripped out of them (kamikaze death)
- StudentWhy do spiders hove 8 legs?
- Bugscope Teamthey die because the stinger is an organ they cannot live without - it tears away part of their body
- GuestWhy is there all those hairs on the tounge
- Guestwhy do bumblebees die when they sting somone?
- GuestWhy do termites eat wood but not other things?
- Guesthow come some bugs live near the water but can't it can't go in it
- Bugscope Teaminsects are VERY hairy. those hairs are called setae (see-tee), they help the bug to sense its environment, kinda like cat whiskers.
- Bugscope Teamtermites have bacteria in their guts that allow them to digest cellulose
- Bugscope Teamwhich is what wood is made of
- Guestwont it hurt if u have h;airs in ur eyes?
Bugscope Teamwell, it depends if you have nerve sensors in your eyes. i'm not sure if a fly compound eye has nerves in it. and they probably don't feel pain like humans do, anyway. maybe scott or cate or chas can answer better though...
- GuestWhat is cellulose
- Bugscope Teamcellulose is what wood/paper are made of
- Bugscope Teamit is not digestible by people, for example
- Bugscope Teamit does not hurt insects to have hairs in their eyes
- Bugscope Teamthey are usually between the ommatidia anyway
- 2:22 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis is a tiny wasp, and you can see a simple eye on top of the head
- Bugscope Teamthe simple eye is called an ocellus
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the jaws, which are hinged
- Bugscope Teamand the eyes are very large but you can also see that the antennae are large as well
- Bugscope Teamif you look at the shaft of the antenna you can see sensory pits that help the wasp smell the air
- Guestwhy do they need to smell the air?
Bugscope TeamWasps need to smell the air to find food, to find other wasps, and to find the right places to lay their eggs (if htey are a female wasp)
- Bugscope TeamHello all
- Bugscope TeamAnnie Good a Question about why the wasp needs to smell the air!
- Bugscope Teamthis is the antenna, and you can see the sensory pits
Bugscope TeamI noticed that...hymenoptera have these indented sensory areas that are not usually found in other insect orders
- Bugscope TeamI just moved the 'scope there but please feel free to drive away -- this is your session
- Bugscope Teami've never tried, but I heard you can get pretty close to bees if you hold your breath because the bees will smell the carbon dioxide when you breath
- Bugscope Teamthe micron bar reads 43 microns, or 0.043 mm.
- Bugscope Teammiss renwick, if you would prefer us to drive the scope, we can. we can also give control to your students as well! just let us know.
- 2:27 pm
- Teacherthat would be great
- Bugscope Teambut we are not trying to take control away from you -- we can do this any day
- Teacherthat's alright the students would love it if you could give them a tour
- Bugscope Teamhow about we give control to one of the students? who's first?
- Bugscope Teamme me me
- TeacherKate would liek to try it first
- Bugscope Teamkate, you have control!
- Bugscope TeamKate has it now
- Bugscope Teamyou should see controls on the right side of your window
- Bugscope Teamyay Kate!
- GuestWhat are the sensory pits for?
Bugscope TeamThe sensory pits help the wasp to smell its environment (at least that is the prevailing theory and it has been demonstrated in bees). Wasp, bees and ants are the only insects with the indented sensilla....this is actually the first time I have seen the sensory pits.
- Bugscope Teamyou can drive by clicking to center or by click to drive, but if you use click to drive remember to click to stop!
- Bugscope Teamthat is the ocellus
- Bugscope Teamthe bump is an ocellus
- Bugscope Team one of the three ocelli
- Bugscope Teamah, check out on the top left, that's an ocelli, a simple eye
- Studentdo bugs chew there food?
Bugscope TeamThe insects that eat solid food chew their food, either with their maxillae and other moutparts, or with a set of "teeth" at the base of their esophagus.
- Bugscope Teamack, yes, an ocellus, my bad
- Guestwhat are the holes in his head?
- Bugscope Teamsome bugs chew their food and some suck it up through their probosces as a liquid
- Guestdo all bugs have teeth
Bugscope TeamNot all insects have teeth. Insects that consume liquid food (mosquitos, houseflies, aphids) don't need teeth because there is nothing to chew.
- Bugscope Teamnice focus kate!!!
- Studentthat's cool
- Guestthank you
- Bugscope Teama true bug has piercing mouthparts that have two tubes -- one for saliva to be delivered through and one to suck up liquid
- Bugscope Teamyou can also click on a preset (lower right) and the scope will move to that preset
- Guesthow many bugs are on earth
Bugscope Teammany trillions, i'm sure, it's hard to say. many more bugs than humans, for sure.
- 2:32 pm
- Studentdo bugs sleep
Bugscope TeamThis is actually not completely known. Almost all insects have times of day that they are inactive. They have circadia rhythms that tell their bodies when to look for food and when to sit still and hide. If you keep flies and bees active all the time, they can get sick. So we know they rest sometime each day. We don't know if it is actually sleep though. They don't close their eyes ;)
- Bugscope Teamthe background we see with the holes in it is the carbon doublestick tape the bugs are mounted on
- StudentWhere do bugs go when it's winter
Bugscope TeamSome insects overwinter as eggs or pupae. Some overwinter as adults. They hibernate under logs or rocks or in leaf litter.
- Guestwhat is a pulvillus
- GuestI know spiders arn't bugs but... spiders spin webs right so what is their web made of and how do they get it?
Bugscope Teamthe web is made out of silk. the silk is made inside the spiders body as a liquid and it leaves the body through tubes called spinnerets when the liquid silk is exposed to the air it hardens. The spider uses it legs to pull the silk out.
- GuestIs there a bug as big as a human?
Bugscope TeamInsects have extremely simple circulatory and respiratory systems. The result is that the laws of physics limit how large they can grow because their bodies cannot efficiently delivery oxygen and nutrients. So the answer is no, they don't get much larger, although some people think they were slightly larger millions of years ago when there was a greater percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere
- Guestwell if they don't have teeth how do they chew there food
Bugscope TeamThey don't need to chew liquid food...you don't have to chew your milkshake, do you?
- Guestwhat is the bigest bug on earth
Bugscope TeamThe heaviest insect is the goliath beetle--a scarab that lives in Africa. The longest insect is a type of stick insect that lives in East Asia. And the biggest overall (in terms of size and weight) is the titan beetle, a longhorned beetles that lives in the Amazon rainforest.
- Guestwhy do mosqutoes drink blood
Bugscope Teamwell, it is for food. many insects have very unique ways of getting food, which is essential for survival. mosquitoes happen to feed on blood'
- Guesthow long can bugs live for?
Bugscope Teamthat depends on the insect. some will live only a few days and some will live a little over a year
- Bugscope Teamokay the pulvillus is the pad that in some insects is found between the claws or on some of the terminal tarsi (the 'forearm')
- Guestthank you for letting me control!
- Bugscope Teamwho wants to control next?
- Teachercan we turn the controls over to brookie?
- Bugscope Teamthe pulvillus sometimes has setae on it called tenent setae that are sticky and let the insect stick to vertical and overhead horizontal surfaces
- Bugscope Teammiss renwick, i'm showing that she is not active, did brooke login as another user?
- Bugscope Teamoh wait, nevermind, she was on as a student, not a guest, silly me!
- Teacheras brookie instead of brooke
- Bugscope TeamBrookie has control.
- Teacherno problem, thanks!
- 2:37 pm
- Bugscope TeamLet us know if you have any trouble, Brookie!
- Bugscope Teamthis is a tiny moth
- Bugscope Teamsomeone rubbed its head and all of the scales are gone apparently
- Guest Did you recieve a jumping spider?
- Bugscope Teamyes we put the spider on the stub, to the west of this
- Studentwhat is the frilly thing under its eye??
Bugscope TeamThose are setae (insect hairs) that help the moth to sense the position of the head in relation to the rest of its body.
- Bugscope Teambut with spiders sometimes it is hard to find good things to look at
- Bugscope Teamunder the eye are some scales
- Guestwhat makes the spider jump?
- Bugscope Teamsome longer scales, which are kind of like feathers
- Bugscope Teamsomething tells me i want to stay away from all those big insects...
- StudentWhy are mosqitous born in the water??
Bugscope TeamFemale mosquitos lay their eggs in the water. I am not sure why and I am not sure if anyone has theories. Mosquitoes are fairly primitive flies, and often we find more primitive insects living in or around water. But no one really knows why.
- GuestThe Tarantula is the biggest spider right?
Bugscope Teamyes a type of tarantula: the goliath bird eating spider. But the goliath bird-eating spider is pretty harmless to humans, as are most species of tarantulas. They do carry venom in their fangs and have been known to bite humans when threatened, but the venom just causes swelling and mild pain for a few hours (like a wasp sting). Tarantula bites to humans are usually in self-defense and don't always contain spider venom - what is known as a "dry bite".
- Bugscope Teammosquito eggs are laid in the water, and the first part of the mosquito's life is spent there
- Studentwhat are the holes??
- Bugscope Teamthese are little ports on the last few segments of the centipede's body
- 2:42 pm
- Bugscope Teamwe have read that they produce liquids when under stress -- to avoid being eaten, and we think that is what those portholes are -- the place they release the chemicals
- StudentDo bugs have the same systems as humans?
Bugscope TeamThey have the same basic systems: nervous, circulatory, reproductive, and digestive.
- Guestwhy do catipillers turn into buterflys
- Studentthats cool
- Bugscope Teamliquid chemicals to keep ants, for example, from bothering them'
- Guestwhy do some bugs live by water when they can't go in it?
Bugscope TeamMost insects need to drink water. Areas with water also support healthy plant populations, and other animals like to live near water too. As a results, you frequently see lots of herbivorus insects feed on the plants, you see predaceous insects that eat other insects, and you see insects that like to feed on vertebrates that visit the water to drink.
- Bugscope Teamsome bugs may eat bugs that come near the water to drink
- Guestwhat is the most dangerouse bug
Bugscope Teamwell, dangerous to who? humans? most insects are in fact very good for humans, they help to pollenate plants, or to kill off other insects that might destroy crops. insects are very important to this planet
- Bugscope Teamsort of like lions eating elk when they go to drink
- Studentit says that this is a house centipede is there any other kinds of centipedes?
- GuestIs there any possenise bugs that could be harmfull to humans
Bugscope TeamThe most harmful insect in the world (in fact the most dangerous animal in the world) is the mosquito which vectors very serious diseases.
- Bugscope Teamthere are lots of other kinds but this is the only one on today's stub
- Guestcan you crossbreed bugs?
Bugscope TeamNot any more than you can crossbreed horses and cows. They maintain species boundaries just like the rest of the animal kingdom.
- Studentthank you!
- Teachercan we pass the controls over to jacey?
- Bugscope Team the Amazonian giant centipede, is the largest existing species of centipede in the world, reaching over 30 cm (12 inches) in length.
- Bugscope Teamyou can crossbreed bugs like fruit flies, for example
- Bugscope Teamjacey, you have control!
- Bugscope TeamJacey has got it!
- Bugscope Teambrookie, great job driving the scope!
- Guestwhy are bee stings good for some diseases like ms?
Bugscope TeamAn enzyme in bee venom has been shown to counteract some of the symptoms of the disease, either by increasing blood flow or by paralyzing certain malfunctioning cells (I am not sure about the mode of action for the ms treatment)
- Studentwhat is the difference between centipedes other than size?
- Bugscope Teamsome people think the toxins in the bee sting are beneficial
- Guestwhat are we looking at
- Bugscope Teamthis is the proboscis of a moth
- Bugscope TeamBeth-Ann there may be a lot to eat right near the water.
- Studenthow many differint spiders are there in the world?
- Bugscope Teamlike other bugs
- GuestIs being An Antamologist fun?
Bugscope TeamYes it is fun. I get to travel all over the world (well, sometimes) and I get to spend lots of time out in nature. Today, I am not spending time in nature though.. I have to work on papers.
- Studentwhat is the biggest
Bugscope Teamgoliath bird-eating spider. it is a tarantula
- 2:47 pm
- Guestwhat is the probices
Bugscope Teamgood question, the largest proboscis in the world is the elephant trunk. the elephant trunk is considered a proboscis.
- StudentTisha asked, do bugs sleep. no answer yet?
Bugscope TeamHere is the answer from earlier--Q: do bugs sleep A:This is actually not completely known. Almost all insects have times of day that they are inactive. They have circadia rhythms that tell their bodies when to look for food and when to sit still and hide. If you keep flies and bees active all the time, they can get sick. So we know they rest sometime each day. We don't know if it is actually sleep though. They don't close their eyes ;)
- Bugscope Teamyou can crossbreed fruit flies, though
- Bugscope TeamYou can crossbreed very closely related groups...but that begs the question, are they really species if they can interbreed?
- Bugscope Teamthey don't really sleep but they shut down and rest sometimes
- Guestcan you crossbreed a beetle and a ladybug?
Bugscope Teamuh, sure, it's called a beebug... no just kidding. i don't think you can cross those two species
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the eyes here on the ends of the head
- Bugscope Teamyou cannot successfully crossbreed a random beetle and a ladybug
- Guestant hills.. How do ants make them
- Studentwhat is your favouite type of bug?
Bugscope Teami like ladybugs because i also feel an urge to let them go fly outside, to live!
- Bugscope TeamI like mites, and so I like earwigs because they often carry mites
- Bugscope Teamsome insects carry mites that attack their predators
- Studentthat's really cool!
- Bugscope Teamwasp heads are cool because they look so aerodynamic
- Teachercan we hand over the controls to jeff next?
- Guestthat's awesome
- Bugscope Teamjeff's got control
- 2:52 pm
- Bugscope Teamgood job driving jacey, you were the MAN too! you all are doing a great job of controlling the microscope
- Guestwhy are the beetles we sent you so much more biggar than the usual beetles we see?
Bugscope TeamDifferent insects species are different sizes. That is just the way they are. There are beetles that are the size of a period, and there are beetles that are as big as your forearm. It is the beauty of beetles--and one of the reasons that I like beetles so much.
- Guestum... Thank-You (im a girl)
- Studentwhy are bug scientist called antamaolgist when you dont just study ants but all bugs
Bugscope TeamAh hah---we are called Entomologists ;)
- Bugscope Teamoh i know, i was just using some silly slang. i'm sorry.
- GuestHow do ants dig their homes or what........?
Bugscope TeamI've seen video of when the soil is sandy they just grab one piece at a time and carry it all the way back out and dump it in a pile then go back for more
- Guestits ok
- Bugscope Team:)
- Bugscope Teamentomologist is what you call a scientist who studies insects
- Guestwhy isnt it ant omoligist
- Studentoops not a very good speller
- Guestare bugs getting smaller as time goes on?
Bugscope TeamMillions of years ago when the dinosaurs were still around it's believed that there was a greater concentration of oxygen in the air, probably due in part to more plants being around. Insects don't have lungs, and so their oxygen transfer is limited by the concentration in the air, meaning their size and activity level is linked somewhat to the environment. They are probably on-average slightly smaller now than in prehistoric times, but I doubt they are continually shrinking
- Guestwhat was the last bug that you have discovered
Bugscope TeamI have collected several new species. I guess the most recent one was a little beetle in Mexico. He isn't described yet. I am working on a paper where my co-author and I name two new species.
- StudentDo cockroaches live in Canada?
Bugscope TeamCockroaches live everywhere that humans live. Cockroaches have been transported all over the world by humans.
- Studentwhat is a spiracle
Bugscope Teamit is a breathing hole for bugs (similar to our nose)
- Guestwouldn't that takea long time going one by one going back for a piece of dirt?
- Guestis a ladybug a type of beetle?
Bugscope Teamyes a ladybug can also be called a lady beetle
Bugscope Teamit's a beetle, part of the coccinellidae family
- 2:58 pm
- Guesthow do insects communicate?
Bugscope TeamInsects communicate by sound (like a cricket), they communicate visually (like a firefly), and they communicate by smell and taste using pheromones (like ants following trails).
- Guestwhat is that on its claw
- Guestcan an insect percieve its surrounding or feel its pain
Bugscope Teamyes, an insect uses setae (see-tee) to sense its environment. the setae are connected to nerves underneath the exoskeleton shell
- Studentwhat is on it's claw?
- Bugscope Teamcole has control
- Guestcan lady bugs be male or are they just female and if there are male ladybugs how do tell them apart??
Bugscope TeamLadybugs are both male and female. Usually female insects are larger and fatter than males, other than that, I don't have a really good way to tell male and female ladybugs apart
- Guestwhat causes a firefly to glow?
Bugscope Teamit is a bioluminescent chemical reaction that is produced organs in the abdomen of the firefly. specifically two enzymes: luciferase acts on luciferi
- Guestwhy do spiders wrap their victims up in their web why can't they just bite then eat them?
Bugscope TeamSpiders don't eat the entire insect. They need to wrap them up because they inject a poison that liquifies the interior soft tissues. They wrap them up to keep them while that is working, then they suck the liquid out and leave the hard shell
- Guestoh i see now
- Bugscope Teamthe firefly has an enzyme called luciferase that acts on a chemical called luciferin in the light-emitting organ and produces cold light
- Guestwhat is the mystery structure on a fly's head?
- 3:03 pm
- StudentWht do some catapillars have fur.?
Bugscope TeamCaterpillars have "fur" to help them sense their environment. Many caterpillars have stinging hairs that can cause a rash if you pick them up.
- Bugscope Teamcaterpillars may have 'fur' as a sensory aid, and also to prevent their being readily eaten
- GuestWhat is that hole
- Guestare ticks related to Termites? Besides that termites eat different things then ticks
Bugscope TeamTicks are arachnids, and temites are insects. Ticks are more closely related to spiders than termites. Termites are mst closely related to cockroaches.
- Teachercan we pass the controls over to kurt?
- Guestwhy do mites eat wood?
Bugscope TeamTermites have evolved special stomachs and enzymes to break down wood cellulose, which is not commonly digestible by other species and so they don't have to fight with many other insects for a limited food supply. Despite the name similarity, mites are different: they are very tiny and frequently feed on things like dead skin cells
- Bugscope Teamkurt, you have control
- Guesthow does it prevent them form being eaten?
Bugscope Teamwhen a predator tried to pick the caterpillar up, the hairs sting the predator and the predator drops the caterpillar
- Studentwhat year were bugs discovered??
- Bugscope Teamsome of the 'fur' is like spines, actually, and functions like cactus spines to discourage biting
- Studentother than magots do other bugs eat meat
Bugscope TeamYes. Ants eat dead animals, as do several types of beetle.
- Bugscope Teamspiracle
- Studentwhat is that hole?'
- Guestdo some bugs have ears?
Bugscope TeamYes, crickets and grasshoppers have ears, some true bugs have ears, and mantids have one single ear. Insect ears are more just like an exposed eardrum. They don't have earlobes or anything.
- 3:08 pm
- Student what bug is this
- Bugscope Teambananas produce ethylene oxide when they ripen, and I wonder if the mosquitos sense it like they sense carbon dioxide
- Bugscope Teamthis is a wasp
- Studentwhat is the mane food bugs eat?
- GuestIs it true that some insects eat their own young?
Bugscope TeamYes, sometimes.
- Guestoh rteally? thats cool
- Bugscope Teamwell, i found some interesting things about mosquitoes and bananas on google. apparently the myth is that if you EAT bananas then mosquitoes will avoid you. something about an oil in the banana that reacts with your body, that repels the mosquito. sounds like a show for myth-busters!
Bugscope TeamI heard about that an garlic.
- Bugscope Teamit depends on the type of bug, but they will eat almost anything that is remotely edible
- Guestwhats that
- Teachercan we pass the controls over to nikita?
- Bugscope Teamsome insects eat their own young if the young do not leave in time
- Studentwhat do the hairs on bugs do
- Bugscope Teamsome young will eat their parents as well
- Bugscope Teammiss renwick, you mean kita right?
- Bugscope TeamMany insects also can sense sound (in the form of vibrations) with their setae.
- Bugscope Teamkita, you have control
- StudentLike spiders
- Bugscope Teamthe hairs (setae) are often sensory, like cat or rat whiskers
- Studentwhat thats differint
- Bugscope Teamand some setae are able to sense particular chemicals in the air
- GuestIf an insect loses a body part will it grow A NEW ONE?
Bugscope TeamOnce an insect molts into an adult, if it loses a body part it will not grow a new one. If you pull the wings off of a butterfly, it won't grow new wings
- Student i heard that happens to starfish
- Bugscope Teamif they have time and are in the right stage some insects can regrow limbs
- Bugscope Teamthey breathe through the spiracles
- Guestwhat pic is this
- 3:13 pm
- Guesti never new that entomologists are smart
- Bugscope Teamsome bugs fly in swarms when they are searching for a new place to live
- Bugscope Teamso they may leave one colony as a swarm to start a new colony
- Guestwhat is the powder on a buterflys wing?
Bugscope TeamThe powder is actually a layer of loosely-attached scales so tiny that they appear to be as fine as dust. One function is to help them escape from spider webs. The web adheres to the outer coating of scales which detach and free the insect
- Guestwhy do catipillers turn into butterflys.
- Bugscope Teamwe are lucky to have a particularly smart entomologist working with us
- Guest How do bees and wasps build their homes?
- Bugscope TeamBut Scott is right...bees and ants will swarm to find a new home
- Bugscope Teamhaha
- Studenthow do bees pick their queen bee?
Bugscope TeamQueen bees start their lives just like worker bees. As larvae, they are fed different food, which switches a hormone pathway in their brains. Instead of developing into a sterile worker bee, they develop functional ovaries and can lay eggs. Usually the colony kicks the queens out then they emerege. The queens then go off to start their own hives.
- Guest opps i typed that wrong
- Guestabout how long doses it take for a caterpiller to turn into a butterflie
- Studenthow come ants don't drown in their ant hills when it rains?
- Studentwhat type of ants keep other ants as slaves?
Bugscope TeamI'm not sure about slavery, but some ants are known to "farm" aphids, treating them a lot like cows. They transport them out to "pasture" then watch over them and protect them, then the aphids produce a sugary substance that the ants collect as food
Bugscope TeamThere are some slave maker ants. The slave-maker queen invades the colony of the slave ant, kills the slave queen, and makes the workers raise her eggs. It is a little more compllicated thatn that, but that is all I have room for here
- Guestdo insects need vitamens?
Bugscope TeamInsects need a carbohydrates and sugars just like us. Some insects need special compounds to manufacture pheromones or they need bacteria to help digest their food. The main thing that insects have to get in their diet is cholesterol. They can't manufacture it like we do.
- Bugscope Teaminsects need to have a balance diet like people do
- Bugscope Teambalanced
- Guestwhat is a hamuli
- Bugscope Teambut their balance might be different from ours
- Teachercan we hand the controls over to tisha?
- Studenthow come spiders can walk upside down on the ceiling
- Bugscope Teamhamuli are the little hooks on a bee or wasp wing that allow the wings to connect
- Bugscope Teamtisha, you have control
- GuestSorry i meant to say Entomogists are Very Smart.
Bugscope Teamhaha...no offense taken
- Bugscope Teamthe fore- and hindwings connect when they fly
- Studentwhat's a hamuli
- 3:19 pm
- Bugscope TeamHey Kater no problem!
- Bugscope Teamit's okay kater skater, don't sweat it, we are all friends here
- Bugscope Teamhamuli are the little hooks we saw on the edge of the wing
- Bugscope Teamroyal jelly
- Bugscope Teamthese allow an insect to stick to ceilings and walls
- Guestwhat insects make sounds with there legs?
Bugscope TeamGrasshoppers and some homoptera. Ooh, there are some longhorned beetles that make sounds with thier leggs too.
- Bugscope Teamthese here are the tenent setae
- Bugscope Teamcrickets, for example
- Bugscope Teammake sounds with their legs
- Studentso bees don't like their queen bee? I always thought they worshiped them
Bugscope TeamWhen the bees kick out the new queens, it is because they already have a healthy happy queen. If they need a new queen, they will let a few queens stay and fight it out.
- Studentdo insects produce body heat?
- Guestwhat is a pulvillus
- Studentgood question:)
- Guestare insects found in oceans?
Bugscope TeamOnly one insect is found in the open ocean--a type of water strider that lives on mats of seaweed.
- Guestwhy do catipillers turn into butterflys?
Bugscope TeamCaterpillars are the eating and growing stage for the butterfly, but they cannot mate and reproduce. The adult butterfly is both the mating and egg-laying stage of the beautiful insect. Also adult butterflies can disperse by flight, sometimes long distances, to either colonize new areas with fresh plants for the caterpillars or even migrate long distances to escape our freezing winters, such as Monarchs flying to Mexico or coastal California for the winter.
- Bugscope Teamthe bees want to have only one or a few queens, in some cases, and the other prequeens have to go start new colonies, by swarming
- StudentWhat happened to the headless bug?
- Bugscope Teama pulvillus is a pad between the claws or on the endmost tarsi that often has tenent setae on it
- Guestwhat is the smallest insect?
Bugscope TeamI don't know if they're the smallest, but Tardigrades ("water bears") are very tiny. If you have a bunch of them together in a dish they look like specks of dust
Bugscope TeamThe smallest insect is a type of wasp called a fairyfly...it is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Tardigrades, like Chas said, are tiny arthropods that are thought to be ancestral to all of the other arthropods.
- Studentwhy don't ant's drown in the ants hill when it rains.
- Studentwhy do buterflys need powder on there wings?
Bugscope TeamThe powder, which as Cate said earlier, are scales, make the butterfly slippery--if a bird or another predator grabs hold of the butterfly by its wings, the butterfly loses some of the scales and can get away.
- Studentwhat kind of powder is it
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- Studenta catipiller has six legs. While a butterfly has two? why do catipillers lose legs while they are changing?]\
- Studenthow do insects stay warm?
Bugscope TeamInsects don't stay warm. Mammals have metabolisms that catalyze food and create heat. We need that because certain body processes simply don't work at all if you're too cold. Insects and reptiles are "cold blooded", meaning they simply keep slowing down the more you cool them
- Bugscope Teamprobably some ants do drown, but they construct their anthills so that the water does not usually overwhelm them -- so that it does not readily flood the tunnels
- Studentwy do red ants bite
Bugscope TeamThey bite to defend their nest
- Studentthanks so much for letting me us the controls
- Bugscope Teama butterfly has six legs as well
- Teachercan we turn over the controls to julien?
- Bugscope Teamyou are welcome tisha, great job!
- Guesthow long do insects fly before they can take a rest?
- Studentdo ants make sounds ?
Bugscope TeamI just saw a TV program recently where someone used a laser microphone to record tapping sounds that some ants make on tree leaves to transmit information to one another
- Bugscope TeamJulian has control now, is that right?
- Bugscope Teamjulian (julien?) has control
- StudentWhy can some ants fly?
Bugscope TeamWinged ants are the reproductive forms. They are queens of the colonies. They have the wings so they can disperse from their original nest
- Bugscope Teamoh cool chas
- Guestwhy are moths attracted to the light?
Bugscope Teamwell, it's not known for sure, but some scientists think that moths use a very bright light source (sun) as a type of navigational tool. by maintaining a constant angular relationship to a bright celestial light, such as the sun, they can fly in a straight line
- Studentya? why r tyhey
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- Studentdo hornets sting or bite people?
Bugscope TeamThey sting. I bet they could bite, but it would probably not hurt too bad.
- Studentdo ants survive through winter
Bugscope TeamI believe they do. The colonies built under-ground take advantage of the fact that not too far below the surface of the ground it stays a constant temperature year round
- Studentoh k
- Guestwhat insect lives the longest?
Bugscope TeamWell ant, bee, and temite queens can sometimes live many years. There are lots of insects that can hibernate for long periods of time and emerge later when the conditions are right. There are some reports of beetles emerging from 20 year old furniture.
- Studentwhy do lady bugs have spots
Bugscope Teamthey are red/orange and have spots as a warning color.
- StudentIs there a sertan amount of times a wasp can sting before it dies
- Studentif insects have blood then why don't they bleed when they get hurt
Bugscope TeamThey do, it just isn't red like ours so perhaps you didn't notice it. Their "blood" is called hemolymph, and it's more of a snot color usually
- Guestawesome. It is so fun talking to Enomoligists!
- Studenthow many bugs can fly
- Studentwhat is the most harmfull bee and bug
Bugscope TeamMost bees are pretty much the same---the stings are not that painful and only really dangerous if you get a lot of stings or if you are allergic. Africanized honeybees are dangerous because they react agressively and in large numbers. The most dangerous "true" bug is probably the kissing bug, which vectors something called Chagas disease in the tropics
- GuestWhy do insects have three parts to their body
- Studentso if they live underground during the winter, do they slow their activity down
Bugscope TeamUnderground it's a fairly constant temperature, in the 60's I believe. In addition, ant colonies often have "farms" of decaying material that frequently generate heat, like an organic furnace. It's likely that they can continue to operate normally underground throughout the winter
- Studentwhy do they need a warning color?
Bugscope Teamthey can have toxic effects on some animals. Ladybugs have a foul odor which deters some predators from eating them
- Guest can bugs be blind?
- Bugscope TeamThanks Kater Skater---you all are asking really good questions. My fingers hurt from typing
- Bugscope Teamyes bugs can be blind
- Studento thats cool
- Bugscope Teamsome ants are blind, for example
- Guestcool thank-you
- Guesthow can bugs be blind?
Bugscope TeamInsects can be blind if they live somewhere where they don't need to see. Say, they live in a cave or they live underground. Most blind insects have excellent chemical senses: they communicate by smell and taste.
- Studenthow could blind a bug
- Bugscope Teamthey get the information they need from their antennae and do not need eyes
- Studentthis is so awsojme
- StudentIs there a sertan amount of times a hornet can sting befor it dies
- Studentawsome i mean
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- Guestis there a difference between a insect and a bug?
Bugscope TeamYes!! All bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs. The word "bug" refers to insects in the order heteroptera (or the orders Homopter and Hemiptera, depending on what book you read). True bugs have incomplete metamorphosis and sucking mouthparts.
- Studenthow do ants cary there foos
Bugscope TeamThey use their big jaws to grab onto things and transport them, normally
Bugscope TeamOR, they eat it and store it in a separate stomach and regurgitate it when they get back to the colony
- Teachercan we pass the controls over to tyler11?
- Studentsorry i ment to say food
- Bugscope Teamtyler11 has control of the scope
- Studentkissing bug?
Bugscope TeamYup, it is called a kissing bug because it is attracted to the carbon dioxide that people breathe out when they sleep. Kissing bugs usually bite close to the nose or mouth.
- Studentif a person ate a ladybug would it be bad for them?
Bugscope TeamIt wouldn't kill them. It would taste really bad. If you ate enough of them you would probably puke.
- Bugscope TeamTyler take the mag down to see where you are if you wish.
- Bugscope TeamKissing bugs are kind of scary.
- Bugscope Teamcolton you have control
- Bugscope Teamnot all beetles are big, but some of the biggest insects, in the Tropics, are beetles
- Studentdo flies sense danger? Because everytime I get the fly swatter they seem to hide?
- Studentwhat does a kissing bug look like?
Bugscope TeamDo you know what an assassin bug or a wheel bug looks like? They look like one of those.
- Studentthats weird!!
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- Bugscope TeamFlies can feel the air move, and they also can see very well, especially motion
- Bugscope Teamthe compound eyes are particularly good at sensing movement
- Bugscope Teamso flies can get away, often
- Bugscope Teamyeah don'
- Bugscope Teamt eat ladybugs
- Bugscope Teamthey are colored red or yellow to warn you or to remind you that you will not be pleased to eat them
- Studentwhy do bees have stripes on them?
- Bugscope Teambee/wasp stripes are warning signs as well like the ladybug spots
- Bugscope Teamthe bee stripes may help other bees recognize their own type
- Studenthave you ever seen a kissing bug up close
- Studentdid u ever see a kissing bug?
- Studentdo insects sleep ?
Bugscope TeamIn short, probably If you scroll down on the left side of your screen, you can see a better answer from earlier.
- Bugscope Teamsometimes it will also help to blend with flowers I would guess
- Studentthis is fun!!!
- Bugscope Teamit also means that some insects can adapt warning colors to mimic bees, for example some flies have stripes so other insects will think they are bees
- StudentHow many ahfids can a lady bug eat
- Studenthow come certain bugs are only seen in certain places??
Bugscope TeamThey are restricted by the climate and by their host--and by the distance they can travel. Most insects can only feed on a few types of food, and they can't live without those kinds of food. But sometimes, unless we humans move them, insects just can't get very far--they can't fly across the ocean. Many times humans accidentally introduce non-native insects into a place....and that can cause probelems. You all have probably heard of the Asian longhorned beetle in Toronto?
- Guestthose vishouse mosquiotes i have a mosquito bite and i can't sop scratching it. LOL!
- Studentare there kissing bugs in canadfa?
Bugscope TeamNope. You are safe.
- Teachercan you pass the controls to beth
- Guestwhy do bugs have intenays?
- Bugscope Teambeth has control
- Studentwhat will happen if you don't take the stinger out when you get a bee sting?
Bugscope TeamI believe the stinger is still actively pumping for a short time even after it is removed, so taking it out quickly might limit the amount of pain. If you left it in for a real long time it might become an infection risk
- Guestdo all insects bite?
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- Guestwhat do ladybug's eat?
Bugscope TeamSome ladybugs eat only certain types of soft-bodied insects like aphids or scale insects. Some ladybugs are more generalists and they will eat anything that is smaller than them.
- Bugscope Teamif you don't take the stinger out all of the venom will be pumped into your skin and the sting may feel worse
- Studentwhich bug is the weakest and strongest?
- Bugscope TeamI dont see how a moth or butterfly could bite, I guess they could try poking you with their proboscis
- Studentwhat is a wasp pulvillus
- Bugscope Teamsome adult insects do not even have mouths
- Guestlady bugs have spots on the back does that mean that is how old they are
- StudentHow come mud makes bee stings feel better?]\
Bugscope TeamYou know, I don't know the basis of that one. Probably because it is moist and cool. I think it isn't recommended to put mud on stings because it can cause infection.
- GuestI hear that if you use dish soap on a bee sting or hornet bit it won't swell as much as if you were to leave it.
Bugscope TeamMaybe...cleaning stings is generally a good idea regardless. I don't know if the type of soap matters.
- Studentwhat's the ugly's bug you've seen
- Teachercan we hand the controls over to skater kater?
- Bugscope Teamrolypolies are pretty ugly
- Bugscope Teamskater kater has control
- Studentthats a cool name rollypolies
- Guestwhat is the most intresring bug you have examened
- Studentwhat do rolypolies look like
- Bugscope Teamrolypolies are also called sowbug, or pillbugs, or woodlice
- Studentwhats a earwing?
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- Bugscope Teamearwigs can pinch you if you bother them
- Bugscope Teamand earwigs often carry mites
- Studentdoes it hgurt??
Bugscope Teamit's enough to make you let go usually, but I don't believe it usually can break your skin and make you bleed
- Studenthurt srry
- Studenti see
- Studenthow do some ants fly?
Bugscope TeamAnts with wings are the reproductive forms: queens or males. They have wings so that they can find a mate and start a new colony.
- Bugscope Teamjoele has control
- Studenthow come if u get stung by a bee you lip will swell up??
Bugscope TeamI don't know if that always happens, but I know from experience that the face has lots of sections of soft tissue through which venom like that can travel and cause widespread swelling rather than one smaller lump
- Studentwhat is the weakeast and strongest bugs?
- Bugscope Teamsome ants have wings although most do not
- Teacherthank-you! this is great!
- Bugscope Teamif your lips swell up, then you are probably allergic
- Studentwhy are bugs called bugs
- Studentwhere do bug go in winter
- Guestthanks for letting me use the microscope it was so fun
- Bugscope Teamthis is fun for us as well
- Studenthat atraces it to the trees
Bugscope TeamWe don't really know. We think they are attracted to the smell that the tree makes just by living.
- Guestthank u for letting me use the microscope it was fubn
- Bugscope Teama lot of bugs die in the wintertime; some will come into your house
- Guesthow do blister beetles protect themselves?
- StudentWhat kind of matierials make up a bug wing?
Bugscope TeamPrimarily chitin, similar to what your finger nails are made of
- Guestdo bugs hibernate?
- Studentwhat's this
- Guesthow do insects grow?
- Bugscope Teamblister beetles secrete chemicals that make you have blisters on your skin
- Studentare bugs colour blind
Bugscope TeamNo, in fact some can see "colors" that we can't in the ultraviolet range. There are neat patterns on some flowers and plants that they can see that we can't!
- Guestwhy do insects like light
- Studentcan insects taste things?
- Bugscope Teamsome insects can see color, and some insects can even see colors that we do not see
- Guestdo spiders grow up in colonies or are they individualals.
- Guestwhat insects live on trees?
- Bugscope Teaminsects can taste things using their chemosensory setae
- Studentare bugs smart as humans?
Bugscope TeamOn an individual level, no, however as an example, ant colonies act like a collective mind and can perform some very impressive feats
- Bugscope TeamI hate blister beetles
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- Bugscope Teamsome insects like flying insects use light to navigate using their ocelli. So when there are artificial lights around this might mess up where they need to go and end up flying towards the light
- Guestwhat insects pinch/
- Studentwhy r they called blister beetles do they give u blisters?'
Bugscope TeamYes they excrete a compound that causes a chemical burn and raises blisters.
- Studentwhy are bugs attracted t\o light
- Bugscope Teamspiders do eat other spiders, and some female spiders eat male spiders that try to mate with them, or eat them after they are done
- Studentin the bee movie each bug has a different job to make honey, is that true in the real world?
Bugscope TeamHaha. There is division of labor in a colony, some bees are burses, some are foragers, some construct comb---but bees jobs change throughout the course of their lives. Worker bees are all females, by the way. And none of them wear glasses.
- Studentif you were to take a stinger from a dead bee and prick your finger would venom still release?
- Guestso little spiders eat big spiders if they get cought in there webs
- Teacherwhat are we looking at here?
Bugscope Teamthis is a ladybug
- Studentwow thats weirsd
- Bugscope Teamsometimes male spiders will put a glob of web on the female spider's mouth to keep the chelicerae from moving so the females cannot bite
- Studentthis is really amazing
- Teachercan you pass the controls over to jillian?
- Bugscope Teamspiders eat by injecting venom that dissolves the insides of their prey, and they can suck the insides up like milkshakes
- Bugscope Teamjillian has control
- Guestthanks bye
- StudentThank you
- Studentthank you sooo much
- Studentwell this was great and really cool thank u so much for the ioppurtunity
- Studentbye this was the best thing ever
- StudentThanks for this opertuntye bye
- Guestthis was a great oppertunity for me thank you very much and bye
- Studentthank-you for haveing us!
- Bugscope Teamthank you miss renwick and students of st. walburg. you did an excellent job, good microscope control and great questions
- Studentthamnks so much for every thing bye bye this has been great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- TeacherWe're actually going to have to leave (end of the day) - thanks for everything! This was a fantastic opportunity!
- StudentThanks alot for all the info it was so interesting by by
- Bugscope Teamspiders have the ability to let one of their legs go if they sense venom entering that leg
- Guestthank you so much i had so much fun and i learnd a lot of stuff thanks by
- Bugscope TeamGlad you guys enjoyed it, you did a fantastic job!
- Studentthankyou for answering all my questions dont worry i wont go eat any lady bugs this was awsome !
- Bugscope TeamYay! Thank You!
- Bugscope Teammiss renwick, please keep in mind, all the chat and pictures from this session are saved to your member page: http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/members/2008-026
- Bugscope TeamNurses not burses...geez, can't type
- Bugscope TeamWe had a good time. Annie will need to rest her hands from typing so much.
- Bugscope TeamThank you all for excellent questions
- Bugscope TeamToo bad, I have to work on papers next!!
- Bugscope TeamAnnie will have to wear bandaids on her fingers.
- 4:00 pm
- Bugscope TeamThere is no end to typing today
- Bugscope Teamrxl stopped, session disabled and locked
- Bugscope TeamThanks Annie!
- Bugscope TeamYou carried the session again.
- Bugscope Teamhaha, no way
- Bugscope TeamOK--I will talk to you all tomorrow at 7 am...
- Bugscope TeamOKOK bye byte thanks everyone!
- Bugscope Teamover and out
- Bugscope Teamsession done, great job everyone, excellent session, bye!