Connected on 2009-02-24 16:30:00
from , WI, US
- 3:58 pm
- GuestThank you for the invitation.
- Bugscope Teamhello iballam, welcome to bugscope
- Bugscope Teamwhere are you from?
- GuestNorth Pole Alaska. I learned about your site at the annual ASTE (Alaska Society for Technology in Education) conference here in Anchorage
- GuestSince we don't have many bugs right now, this would be a great place for us in the spring.
- GuestIs there a way to freeze the picture?
Bugscope TeamThe picture is changing as we move the stage around to set up some preset positions for today's school to start from. If you were controlling the microscope right now, the image would only change in response to your commands
- Bugscope Teamwow, north pole alaska, i had to look that one up!
- Bugscope TeamVery cool. Definitely keep us in mind. If you know your schedule well enough, you could go ahead and sign up now. Otherwise just go ahead and apply in the spring
- Bugscope Teamwell, we are setting up for a session in 30 minutes, so we are creating presets, and that means moving around, finding nice pics
- GuestWe are located 13 miles south of Fairbanks. We are part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School district.
- Bugscope TeamAlso, all the images are archived and can be accessed from the Bugscope website later along with the chat text
- GuestAh, thank you.
- 4:03 pm
- Bugscope TeamIf you stick around, or drop by again near the end of the session, there may be time left and we can let you try controlling the scope if you'd like
- GuestThank you. I'm waiting on a speaker.
- 4:26 pm
- Bugscope Teamhey there! welcome to bugscope!!
- Bugscope Teamhello marquette, welcome to bugscope!
- TeacherHi there - we will be ready to start in about 5 minutes - I need to introduce you all and get my projector working!! Michele Korb
- Bugscope Teamok, let us know if you need anything, we'll be here
- Bugscope Teamha ha
- 4:48 pm
- Teacherhi! we're here, our projector isn't working...but we'll talk to you anyways :)
- Bugscope Teamok
- Teacherwhat is the mouthpart thing on the ant?
Bugscope TeamThose are the mandibles--the ant's jaws
- Bugscope Teamsee the tiny eyes?
- Bugscope Teamthis is a leafcutter ant
- Teacheryeah...do they see things in UV light...or regular light
Bugscope Teamants generally don't have a great sense of sight...they rely primarily on chemical signals, smells and tastes, to navigate around
- Bugscope Teamthat is one of the compound eyes of the ant
- Bugscope Teamnot likely they see in UV if they don't need it
- Bugscope Teamthey are very small compared to other insects that rely on their eyes more
- Teacherwhat is a compound eye
Bugscope Teama compound eye is found on lots of flying insects. it is composed of many facets called ommatidia (those are the bumps) each one with a lens
- Bugscope Teamants sometimes don't bother to have eyes at all
- 4:54 pm
- Bugscope Teamcompound eyes are also found on non-flying insects as well, but they are highly developed on fly's and mosquitos
- Bugscope Teamsadly we cant see the fangs here
- Bugscope Teamyou can see some of its eyes-- simple eyes
- Teacherwhat exactly are we looking at
- Bugscope Teamwhat we see are the spider's chelicerae-- where the fangs are attached
- Bugscope Teamit has a lot of gunk on it, or as scott would say-- juju
- Bugscope Teamto the left of the chelicerae is the end of a palp i think
- 4:59 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis is a fly head
- Bugscope Teamit has a large compound eye that we can partly see
- Teacheris that the thing on the top left side that looks spongy?
Bugscope Teamyes it looks like it crumpled in on itself a little
- Bugscope Teamyep!
- TeacherIs there any way to look at dust mites on a sheet?
Bugscope TeamSure, we could do that. We would have to cut up the sheet--we couldn't fit the entire sheet into the microscope
- 5:04 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of your ladybugs
- Bugscope Teamthe nozzle-looking thing you just zoomed out of is one of its palps
- Bugscope Teamit pushes around food or tastes food with it
- Teacherdoes it have 4 or 6 legs? or some other number?
Bugscope Teamit had 6, but some fell off
Bugscope TeamAll insects have 6 legs
- Bugscope Teamwe can only see the base of four legs there
- Teacherwhat kind of bug is this?
Bugscope Teamthis is a small moth, you can see loose scales all over its head
Bugscope Teamthis is a moth, moth's have all those scales on them, makes it look like one hairy dude!
- 5:11 pm
- TeacherWe lost our driving buttons
- Bugscope Teamyou should have them back now
- Bugscope Teamtry refresh (F5)?
- 5:16 pm
- Bugscope Teamonly one login can drive the scope at once. we can pass control from one student to another
- Bugscope Teamwhen MU3 logged in, cate passed control from Marquette2 to MU3
- Bugscope Teambut only admins can pass control, upon your request of course
- Bugscope Teamthe preset shifted a little
- Bugscope Teamthe part of interest is in the upper right now
- Studentwhat are brochosomes?
Bugscope Teamthey are something only leafhoppers produce to protect their eggs from drying out.
- Bugscope Teamthere are mold spores there and some tiny brochosomes
- Bugscope Teamso this insect was hanging out with some leafhoppers it seems
- Studentsorry for the 3rd login name...we had to switch to a new computer
Bugscope Teamno problemo :)
- Bugscope Teambrochosomes where only discovered through the use of an early electron microscope. they are very very small
- Bugscope Teambrochosomes "were"... i meant to say
- 5:21 pm
- Studentwhat kind of spider is this?
- Bugscope Teambrochosomes are tiny balls of proteinaceous stuff that leafhoppers produce from their kidneys. The leafhoppers dust their eggs with brochosomes to protect the eggs from drying out.
- Bugscope Teami wasnt sure what kind it was
- Bugscope TeamThis is some sort of orb-weaving spider--in the family Araneae (I think I spelled that right)
- Bugscope Teamone of its palps has almost completely fallen off as you can see
- 5:26 pm
- Studentis this a male or female?
Bugscope TeamI can't tell from this angle whether it is a male or a female. I would need to see the eyes
- Studentdo the spots on a lady bug have significance?
Bugscope Teamthey usually are a warning to others. Like how a wasp has bright colors. It is a defense mechanism for the ladybug, and maybe a warning to animals since they taste/smell bad
- Studenthow can you tell by the eyes?
Bugscope TeamThe eyes of many female flies are separated, at the top, while the eyes of males meet in the center of the head. This increases the ability of males to detect females flying in their vicinity
- 5:31 pm
- Bugscope TeamI would need to see the center top of the head
- Bugscope Teamheh if only we could use the electron beam to move it!
- Bugscope Teamhere we are on the moth eye and we can see one of its scales
- 5:37 pm
- StudentWhat is all that flakey stuff we can see here?
Bugscope Teamthose are its scales. it has a lot of them!
- Bugscope Teamit's the same stuff as the powder that comes off on your fingers when you rub their wings
- 5:42 pm
- Bugscope Teamhi marquette2, still around?
- Bugscope TeamPlease let us know if you have any questions about driving the scope, or what we are viewing
- Bugscope Teamwell, i'm guessing marquette has left?
- Bugscope Teamthe session was scheduled for an hour
- Bugscope Teamnice session everyone!
- Bugscope Teamyes, as usual
- Bugscope Teammichelle, all the chat and images from this session are saved to your member page: http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/members/2008-142
- Bugscope Teamok, we are shutting down the scope
- Bugscope Teamover and out all!
- Bugscope Teambye annie!
- Bugscope Teamrxl shut down, session disabled and locked
- Bugscope Teamgood session... bye bye!