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- 1:38 pm
- Bugscope Teamhello! welcome to bugscope
- Bugscope Teamwe are setting up just now, going to make some presets
- Bugscope Teamscott says hi
- Bugscope TeamHi Tony!
- Bugscope TeamCate is making the presets and Alex is adding them.
- Bugscope TeamThis is a gossamer winged butterfly with brochosomes on the eye facets.
- 1:44 pm
- Bugscope TeamAlien!
- Bugscope Teamthis is the Gutenberger of insects
- Bugscope TeamVespa
- 1:51 pm
- 1:56 pm
- GuestWill Ms. DiMaso be able to log in soon as "teacher"? She's getting "antsy" - no pun intended.
- Bugscope TeamShe can login anytime
- Bugscope Teamshe may need to hit refresh on the page to notice that the session has been enabled (about 15 minutes ago)
- Bugscope Teamshe should be able to -yeah- log in anytime
- Bugscope Teamis the login not working?
- 2:01 pm
- Bugscope Teamtell Cate to check for a keel on the hydrophilid
- Bugscope Teamsome of the water dudes have a keel on their ventral side, like a ship
- Bugscope Teambut now we're on an Annie-bug
- Bugscope Teamhi caroline, welcome to bugscope!
- 2:07 pm
- Bugscope TeamHi Liz and Shayna!
- Bugscope Teamare you able to login as a "student"?
- GuestHi! is that a spider?
- Guestwhat is that
- Bugscope Teamthis is a water beetle, laying on its back
- Bugscope Teamhi, welcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamwe are starting to wonder if something about Firefox changed, 'cause a lot of the students are getting dumped off of the site
- Bugscope TeamHello!
- Bugscope TeamThis is a waterbug of some sort -- its called polyphaga
- Bugscope TeamThis is a beetle in the family Hydrophilidae
- Bugscope Teamms. dimaso, let us know if you have any problems or trouble having the students stay connected
- Bugscope Teammrs. dimaso, i'm sorry...
- Bugscope Teamyep annie, and hi
- Bugscope TeamHi Hi!
- TeacherHello! We are ready to start! No problems so far.
- 2:12 pm
- Bugscope Teamok great, welcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamCommon name is "water scavenger beetles"
- Bugscope Teamthis is a water beetle, the underside, magnified at 41X
- Studentthat bug is pretty nice bug
- Bugscope Teammrs. dimaso, you should now have control, feel free to drive around
- Bugscope Teamwe can give control at any time to any of the students or guests
- Bugscope TeamThey are nearly identical to another group of water beetles called the Dytiscids--but despite looking very similar, these two families of beetles are very distantly related
- GuestHow many years of collage do you have to take to be a scientisit
- Bugscope Teamif you want to get a PhD it takes 4 years of college and then 4 to 6 years longer, usually
- Bugscope Teambut some of us just went 4 years
- Guestwhat part of the water beetle is this
Bugscope TeamThis is a very close up view of the eye
- Guestwhat part of a water bettle is this
- TeacherSome of the students' resolutions are not set right. They can't see the chat. We need to go around the room and fix that.
- GuestDoes this beetle have antennae?
Bugscope TeamYes, they are slightly below the eye
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that it has some scales from another insect on it
- Bugscope Teamok, make sure the resolution is at 1024x768 or bigger
- 2:17 pm
- Bugscope Teamyes it should have antennae --
- Bugscope Teamif you need instructions on how to set the res, let me know
- Bugscope Teamnow we can see them
- Studentwhat is the rarest bug you have, ever looked at?
Bugscope TeamWell, I have collected beetles that are the only known specimens--so those are rare. They might be common in their natural habitats, they are just not commonly collected.
- Guest How big is the beetle really?
Bugscope TeamIt is probably about a half an inch long, maybe a little smaller
- GuestIs this job how you make a living?
Bugscope Teamyes, we all make a living working for bugscope and the university of illinois. we do many things other than bugscope as well
- Studentcan one person alone run your microscope
Bugscope Teamyes, we regularly train people to use this microscope. And afterwards they will look at their samples with it. You could probably learn how to use the basic controls in 5 minutes or less.
- Guesthow high does the microscope magnify
Bugscope Teamit can magnify up to 800,000x, but for insects it's best to view them at 40-40,000x or so
- Bugscope Teamwe are scientists who work in the lab, or in the case of alex he works on computers and everything to do with that
- GuestSo is it easy to find specimens?
Bugscope TeamSome insects are very easy to find, especially pest species like Japanese beetles and fruit flies and mosquitos. Other specimen are a little more difficult to find. You have to be at the right place at the right time.
- Guestwhere do you get the bugs
Bugscope Teamoften students send us bugs. but we also collect them from our homes or yards
- Bugscope TeamAnnie brought these bugs to us from someone's collection
- Studentis it true a beatle can live 1 day with out its head?
- Guesthow do you get the bugs
- GuestIs there hair on a beatle
Bugscope Teamthey often have what look like hairs on them -- the hairs are called setae, and they are sensory hairs
Bugscope Teamthe hairs are called setae (see-tee), they are kinda like whiskers on a cat, they help the insect sense its environment
- Guestwhat are those little bumps?
- GuestSo do these beetles live in the water?
Bugscope TeamYes they do.
- Studentis this bug that were looking at common around here?
Bugscope TeamI am not sure what species this is, but hydrophilids are common in ponds all over the US
- GuestWhat are the pointy things.
- GuestAre those spikes or hair
Bugscope Teamsome of what we see are spines -- spikes -- and some are setae (hair)
- Studentwhere did you get this bug
Bugscope TeamI got this insect from a collection of insects (with pins in them so you will see a lot of holes in these insects today) and they came from Annie
- Guestright now we are looking at something t
- 2:22 pm
- Bugscope Teamthe larger components are spines
- Bugscope Teamthere are also scales, from another insect, on this arm/leg
- Studenthow did you become you intersted in science
Bugscope Teammy step father was a scientist, so he taught me a lot about astronomy and the universe. that's how i first became really into science
- Studentcan this fly
Bugscope Teamyes, occasionally I see hydrophilids at black light traps.
- Bugscope TeamAnd I got them from a friend of mine who is moving to Ireland and can't bring her insect collection
- Bugscope Teamwho's driving?
- Bugscope Teami think mrs. dimaso is driving, but she is fixing resolutions at the moment
- Studentfor a bug to be on bugscope how dead does it have to be
Bugscope Teamjust dead enough--dead is dead
- Guestis this bug a male or a female and how do you know
Bugscope TeamI am not sure--we could probably take a guess by examining the terminal abdominal segment.
- Studentdid you ever see a Ameba close up
Bugscope Teamwe have seen amoebae in light microscopes but not in this 'scope, not yet
- Bugscope Teamfor bugscope purposes
- Studentwhat is this
- Bugscope Teamah cool, these are tenent setae, little hairs that help the insect "stick" to surfaces
- Bugscope Teamterminal abdominal segment-- wow annie, you have some vocab :p
- Studentwhat bug is this from
- Guestwhat are those sikes used
- Bugscope TeamI almost said terminal abdominal sternite, but I thought that was too fancy
- Bugscope Team;)
- Studentfrom what bug is this spesimen
- 2:27 pm
- Bugscope TeamI have been working on morphology lately
- GuestAre this the hairs of the bug
- Bugscope TeamThis is the foot of a longhorned beetle
- Bugscope Teamthe tenent setae help the insect cling to smooth surfaces, and the small spines probably keep them from sticking too we
- Bugscope Teamtoo well
- Bugscope Teamlonghorn beetles are annie's specialty
- Bugscope Teamthese are little setae that help the insect stick to surfaces
- GuestWhat's morphology?
- Bugscope Team'morph' means shape
- Studentcan it hang up side down
Bugscope Teamthey can hand upside down but probably don'
- StudentHow big is it
Bugscope TeamYou can get an idea of how bigg something is by looking at the scalebar in the lower left corner of the image on the screen
- Bugscope Teamthe morphology is the shape of something, and what it is termed, the way Annie meant
- GuestWhy are those bugs Annies spceillty
Bugscope TeamMy research is about longhorned beetles; I spend all my time thinking about them.
- Guestwhat are those two little spikes at the end
Bugscope Teamthat is one of the claws of the beetle. It has one for every leg
- Studentwhat state does this bug come from
Bugscope TeamProbably Illinois, if it is from my friend Bridget's collection
- Studentwhat is the strangest bug you have seen on the microscope?
Bugscope Teamowlfly larvae are pretty strange looking, and silverfish are weird as well
- Guestwhat's your favroite tipe of bug to look at under the microscope?
Bugscope Teaminsects with stingers are pretty cool to look at. Or insects that have little mites on them!
- GuestWhat do they eat?
Bugscope TeamLonghorned beetles are generally wood borers--they eat trees.
- 2:33 pm
- StudentWhere is this bug found?
Bugscope TeamI am not sure which species this is, but it is probably found in or near the forest
- Studentwhats the hairys bug you ever seen
Bugscope Teamthe hairiest bugs we've seen are spidermites, which aren't really insects
- Bugscope TeamOOF
Bugscope Teamit means Out Of Focus
- Studentdoes this bug have skin
Bugscope Teamit has a exoskeleton which is a hard material made of chitin (same type of stuff as your fingernails), they dont have skin like us
- Guestwhy OOf?
- Studentcan you control one of your big microscopes alone, if not how many people do you need
Bugscope Teamone person alone can control it. Right now your teacher is controlling it alone :)
Bugscope Teamyes, many scientists use the scope by themselves. scott and cate give them training first...
- Studentis that a stiger
Bugscope Teamthis is a insect foot
- GuestIs there any hair on the claw
Bugscope Teamyes insects are covered in hair which we call setae when we find them on insects. You can see that one of the parts of the claw looks a little furry-- thats setae
- StudentHow many nails or fingers does a wasp have?
- GuestAre the claws really sharp, like needles? yipes!!
Bugscope Teamnot really, they are more clingy and sticky. The claws sometimes can tickle or kind of hurt in larger species of insects
- Guestwhat part of body is this?
- Studentwhat do they use the claws for
Bugscope Teamthey can grab onto things for support, or to help them eat things, or protect themselves, etc.
- Guestcan wasps sting when their dead?
Bugscope Teamthey wouldnt be able to inject any venom into you so it won't hurt really. You would just be poking yourself with a small sharp needle, and I dont think it happens often
- Studenthave you ever got stung buy a wasp or any other bug you have collected
- Studentis th
- Studentwhat is the part beetween the claws
- Guestwhat are thore spikes on the side of the foot?
- Studentwhat is the part beetween the claws
Bugscope Teamdepending on the insect there may be a pad called the 'pulvillus' between the claws that has tenent setae on it
- Bugscope Teamall of those spikey things are setae aka hairs
- Studenthave you ever been stung by a wasp or any other bug you have collected
- StudentWhat's that walnut thing?
- 2:38 pm
- Guestwhat are we looking at?
- GuestIs the bumpy part,part of the skin?
Bugscope Teamwe are looking at the compound eye of a butterfly. The bumps are the individual parts of the eye called ommatidia
- Guestwhat is THAT?
- Bugscope TeamI was stung by a bee that I collected, and a tiny little wasp that was trying to stick me for some reason.
- Bugscope Teamthis is the eye of a butterfly
- Bugscope Teamthis is a compound eye, with hundred os facets (ommatidia)
- Studentwhat are these circle things
Bugscope Teamthose are the individual facets of the compound eye, called ommatidia. they each contain a lens
- Bugscope TeamAnd mosquitos, I just stand and wait for mosquitoes to come to me. Usually, I collect them before they bite me though.
- Bugscope Teambutterflies and some other insects can often see colors in wavelengths of light, like UV, that humans cannot see
- StudentWhat are those chip things around the eye?
Bugscope Teamthose are the scale of the butterfly, they have many scales all over their body
Bugscope Teamthose were the scales
- Bugscope Teamyou can see scales all around the eye, and part of the proboscis
- GuestIs this a wasp
Bugscope TeamNo, this is a butterfly
- GuestWhat are these raggy stuff around th eye?
Bugscope Teamyou are probably referring to the scales. You can see individual scales under this microscope (the same stuff that is powdery when you rub their wings)
- StudentWhat are dose loops
- GuestDo you know what kind of butterfly this is?
Bugscope Teamthis is a gossamer-winged butterfly
- GuestWhat is that hole in the middle
- Studenthow big is big is its normal size
- StudentIs it a monarch butterfly
Bugscope TeamNot this time.
- Studenthow do you know it is a boy or girl
Bugscope TeamThe same way you tell the boys from the girls of any animal--humans, dogs, etc.
Bugscope Teamif it was a Monarch we would be able to tell by the thickness of the black lines on the wings -- they're thinner on males
- GuestWhat are those little dots?
- StudentHow big is the butterfly
Bugscope Teamthis is a smaller butterfly than a monarch. It is a gossamer wing butterfly
- 2:43 pm
- Studenthave you ever see dust mites clearly?
Bugscope Teamwe have seen dustmites clearly but they have such soft bodies that they are almost always shriveled up
- Studenthow big are these eyes
- Bugscope Teamsometimes it is hard to tell boys from girls without dissecting the insect, and sometimes you can tell easily
- GuestWhere did you get this butterfly
Bugscope TeamI'm not sure, it wasnt collected by us
- Studentcan butterflys see better than humans
- Studentwhere is this on the body
- Guestwhat is this?
- Bugscope Team~Hey guys...
- Bugscope TeamYay Claudi
- Studentcan butterflys see better than humans
Bugscope Teamin many ways they can see better than us -- for example a compound eye gives the insect a quicker response to movement
- Bugscope Teamthese are wing scales
- StudentIs this on a wing
- Bugscope Team~Sorry for not being online in forever...long story...grad school...and tons of other things...and then my pc crashed
- Studentwhat kind of butterfly is this
Bugscope Teama type of gossamer wing butterfly
- Guestis this part of the butterflys wing?
- Guestdo butterflys see multiples insted of one whole pictures
- Bugscope Team~How come tilta does not work?
- GuestCan you have have a butterfly as a pet
Bugscope TeamYou could, but it would not be a very lovable pet. You can't really hold them, they don't live very long, and I don't know if they would be happy living in a cage. In fact, butterflies in cages tend to smash their wings up trying to get out. Therefore, I do not recommend having a butterfly for a pet.
- Studentwhat are those sand dune things on the bottom left corner
Bugscope Teamthe things that looked like sand dunes were where the silver paint was holding the wing down
- GuestWhat is the white little spots?
- Bugscope TeamClaudi hit the shift key and then the tilde
- Guestwhat are the indentions?
- 2:48 pm
- GuestDo the scales come off easily?
Bugscope TeamVery easily. If you have every picked up a moth or a butterfly, and you hand became covered in dusty stuff--those are the scales coming off.
- Studentwhat are the line looking things
Bugscope Teamwing veins
- Student what is this
- Guesthow many types of butterflys are in the usa?
Bugscope Teamin north america north of mexico there are about 700 species of butterflies
- Bugscope Teamthis is cool
- Guestare those eggs?
- Studentare those fuzz balls pollen or something?
- Studenthow many types of butterflies are there in the world
Bugscope TeamApproximately 20000 species in the world
- GuestHow big are brochosomes?
- Bugscope Teamthose are brochosomes -- they are tiny waxy pellets that are produced only by leafhoppers
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that the brochosomes are less than a half micrometer in diameter
- Studentwhat are these dots
- GuestWhat are brochosomes?
- Bugscope Teamhalf a micrometer (half a micron) is 500 nanometers
- GuestAre brochosomes microscopic?
- Bugscope TeamCool pollen grains???
- Studentwhy are they in one big bunch
- Bugscope Teamno smaller, these are brochosomes
- Bugscope Teamahhhhhhhhhh...
- 2:54 pm
- StudentWhy are the pics in black and white not in color?
Bugscope Teamthese are real images -- live images that you are collecting now, and the electron beam that impinges on the sample causes electrons to come out of the surface of the conductive coating on the sample. the electrons that come into the detector are collected as signal, in gray scale, not color
- Studentis this bug common
- GuestWhat are bro. for?
Bugscope TeamOne of their main functions is thought to be repelling water. The leafhoppers spread them across their bodies in a thin film
Bugscope TeamThe female leafhoppers dust their eggs with masses of brochosomes to protect them from water, heat, etc.
- GuestI do think this bug is common
- Guestbut im not sure
- Guestwhy are these in one place?
Bugscope TeamProbably they just caught in a little crevice on the eye
- Guestis this 2 thoundsths of a mm.?
Bugscope Teamif you look at the scale bar and it says 2 um, that does indeed mean two thousandths of a millimeter
- Guestwhat is this?
- Guesthave u ever seen a worm
- Studentwhat was the hardest bug you guys ever gotten
- Studentis that ball an eye and that stick an antenne
- Guestthis is a wasp, right? is it like dirt on there?
- GuestDoes this live underwater?
Bugscope TeamNo, this insect lives on land.
- Studentwhat is the stuff on the eye
Bugscope Teamit's what we call juju-- random stuff that doesnt belong there, usually dirt or dust
- GuestWhat are those things on the eye
Bugscope TeamDust and dirt
- 2:59 pm
- Guesthow many facets are on the eye
- Guesthow do you hilight words?
Bugscope Teamwhen we highlight words we are grabbing them so we can answer that question and it will show up on the left of this box as well as in the chat
- GuestWhy is this eye round but the other one flat?
- Guestdo they just see 1 picture with all the lens, or do they see a bunch of offerent pictures?
- GuestHow does juju get on there?
Bugscope TeamIt lands on the eye just like it lands on books and photos on your shelves at home.
- Studentwhy are the circles so flating down
- StudentIf each facet has a lense, do they see multiple images???
Bugscope TeamI believe this is still unknown to scientists, but most likely their brain merges all of the individual images into one coherent one the way our brains merge the views from both our eyes into one
- StudentWhat color is this bug supposed to be?
Bugscope Teamit wasnt a very interesting color, it was brown
- GuestThank you
- Studentthank you very much
- Guestthank you
- Bugscope TeamLooks like someone took a big bite out of this grasshopper
- Bugscope Teamthank you students, you all rocked!
- Guestthank you
- Studentthank you so much for leting us talk to you !
- Bugscope TeamThank you for your questions -- this was fun!
- Bugscope Teamit was also very dry so you will see it has barely any of its limbs on it still and a crack in its back
- Bugscope Teamthank you for all your great questions
- GuestThank you!
- StudentThank you people at Bug scope for showing us this!!!
- Bugscope TeamThank you all for your questions
- Guestthanks for all the info! I never liked bugs, but now I know what they look like from a whole different veiw!!
Bugscope TeamCool, Kristyn
- StudentThankyou =) =)
- GuestTHANK U SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME LOOK ON YOUR WEBSITE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Bugscope Teamit's ok, i still dont like a lot of live wormy creepy crawly insects like pupae
- Bugscope TeamThis is my favorite view of bugs...bugs up close....REALLY close...but far away under the scope and dead =) lol
- Bugscope Teamno prob olivia, watch out for exclamation overload though...
- Studentthankyou for answering our questions
- 3:04 pm
- Bugscope TeamThank you for participating today -- and we hope to see you next year
- StudentYou guys have an awsome job!!
- GuestHow long are showings on bugscope?
- TeacherThanks!!! See you next year!! (I think we had a few guests not from our school....)
- Bugscope Teamthanks caroline, great session!
- TeacherLogging out.
- Bugscope Teamyou can find all the chat and images on your member site
- Bugscope Teamthe sessions are usually around an hour long
- Bugscope Teamhttp://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/members/2008-128
- Bugscope TeamShane do you want to drive?
- Guestwhat do you mean?
- Bugscope Teamscott gave you control of the microscope if you want to
- Bugscope Teamdo you want to control an electron microscope?
- Bugscope TeamYou should have conntrol of the microscope now, Shane
- Bugscope Teamyou should see controls on the right side of your browser window
- Bugscope Teamyou are controlling a $800,000 electron microscope over the internet
- Guestcool this is the first time i ever did this
- Bugscope Teamno problem
- Bugscope Teamjust drive around, you can't hurt the thing
- Bugscope Teamcool!
- 3:09 pm
- Guestwell I have to logout now because I have to go some where out of town bye
- Bugscope Teamk, laterz
- Bugscope Teamoop
- Bugscope Teamlet's pack em in and bail
- Bugscope Teamok well thats it
- Bugscope Teamsession locked, disabled, rxl stopped
- Bugscope Teamnice session everyone