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- 7:24 am
- Bugscope Teamstarting vac
- Bugscope Teamstarting presets
- 7:30 am
- 7:35 am
- 7:44 am
- 7:51 am
- Teacherhello - this is gigi I will be leading the discussion today - can you remind me how to log the kids in-is it under guest or admin
- Bugscope Teamhello Teacher, welcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamkids should login as students
- Bugscope Teamgood morning!
- Bugscope Teamwhen they visit the website, the student option should be available. if not, then login as guests
- Bugscope Teamthe student option is only available AFTER the teacher logins, and only if the students are coming from the same subnet as the teacher
- Teacherok-i am going to start logging them in now -they will be arriving at 9:05 - we will start with the ant - many many thanks!
- Bugscope Teamcool
- Teacherthe student option is not available - and when I log them in as guests it does not allow them to put in a nickname
- Bugscope Teamhmm
- Bugscope Teamlogin as guest first, then it should ask for a name, does it not do that?
- Teachercan i log them in as admin but keep me as teacher in control
- Bugscope Teamno, only we can be admins, guest should work, if not i can fix it
- Bugscope Teamyah, it's working!
- Teacherok-think i fixed it
- Bugscope Teamyay, i mean.
- Bugscope Teamgood job!
- 7:56 am
- Bugscope Teami see we have lots of insects in the session today!
- 8:04 am
- Bugscope TeamAlright!
- Bugscope TeamWe are ready to roll.
- Bugscope TeamPlease let us know when you have questions.
- Bugscope TeamGood morning everyone. Enjoy your session.
- 8:10 am
- Bugscope Teamhi umesh!
- Teachercan we see the ant head
- Bugscope Teamgood morning, Umesh!
- Bugscope Teamplease click on that preset and you will go there
- Bugscope Teamyou can click on any of the presets to jump there
- Bugscope Teamthere are three ants, and I think we made a preset of each one's heade
- Bugscope Teamthe ant head is preset #11
- Bugscope Teamhead
- Bugscope Teamlet us know if you need help driving
- Bugscope Teamthe presets should be running alongside this chat box, to the right, and you should be able to scroll through them as well as select any one, and the 'scope will drive you to that place on the stub.
- Bugscope Teamhere you can see the edge of the proboscis of the weevil, along the right side of the image
- Bugscope Teamit is super long, really cool
- Teacheri am clicking on number 11 the ant but can't see it
- Bugscope Teamdo you see an image at all?
- Teacherunder the preset I do but not on the big screen
- Bugscope Teamhold on, fixing a problem
- 8:16 am
- Bugscope Teamwow we are sorry -- the connection to the 'scope, for that kind of control, is lost just now
- Bugscope Teamwe are working on it
- Bugscope Teamok, looks like cate figured it out, it's the one preset #11 that is bad, all others seem to work, we are remaking the ant head preset now
- Bugscope Teamok, this is an any head, preset #18
- Bugscope Teamscope should be working now
- Bugscope Teamsorry for the trouble
- Bugscope Teamcan you try controlling the scope now, and see if it works okay?
- Bugscope Teamhi cockroach, welcome to bugscope
- Bugscope Teamyes, this is an ant head
- Bugscope TeamMrs C please try another preset, see if you can control the 'scope again
- Guestwhat coler is there blod
Bugscope Teamthe blood, which is called 'hemolymph,' is usually clear but sometimes picks up other colors from the organs that might be crushed with it
Bugscope TeamInsect blood is usually clear, but sometimes it can be different colors. For instance, tobacco hornworms have green blood.
- Bugscope Teamthis ant has fairly complex compound eyes, and it would be interesting to see what is going on with the one on the right
- 8:21 am
- Bugscope Teamcool, looks like it' working! good.
- Guesthow long is their inteinnas
Bugscope Teamantennae vary in length, but on a large ant they can be more than a millimeter long
- Bugscope Teamthis is a closeup of a compound eye
- Guesthow old can an ant live
Bugscope TeamThat depends on the caste! Worker and soldier ants don't live very long, but queens can live for many years.
- Bugscope Teamcompound eyes have hundreds of these individual bumps, called ommatidia, each one has a lens in it
- Guesthow old
- Guesthow many eyes do they have
Bugscope Teamwell, ants usually have two compound eyes, but not always. some ants don't have eyes, they get around by using their setae (hairs) and sensing smells and such
- Bugscope Teamhere is a spiracle, which is a breathing hole for insects
- Guestyour pretty sick
- Bugscope Teamkind of like a nose that doesnt smell things
- Bugscope Teamit even has "nose hairs" as you can see
- Guestwhat are all of the strings
Bugscope Teamthose are hairs, called setae. setae help insects to sense their environment
- Guestwhy are ants heads so small
- Guestdo insects have tails
Bugscope Teamthey have what look like tails, but often what we see is an ovipositor, for example
- Student What color are the spiracles
- Guesthow many eyes do bees have
- Guesthow many spiracles does it have
- Bugscope Teamand the spiracles arent found on the insect's head, but on the body
- Guesthow big is a crickets spiracles?
Bugscope Teamfly you can see the micron bar to the lower left in the image
Bugscope Teamthey are very small, too small to see with your naked eye
Bugscope Teamso it looks like the spiracles are maybe 300 microns in length
- Guesthow old do they have to be to die
- Guestdo biterflis have a strings
- Bugscope Teamyou can see 3 on this side of the abdomen, there are also 3 on the other side of the abdomen, they come in pairs
- Guestwhat is a spirical
Bugscope Teamit's the airway insects use to breath through.
- Guesthow old can a bee get
Bugscope TeamLike ants, it again is based on the caste. Workers live for a few months, but queens will live for a year or more. Drones, the male bees, die almost as soon as they leave the nest.
- Guesthow many eyes do flies have
Bugscope Teamfly eyes are very advanced, because flys need good vision to fly around so well
- Guesthow many compound eyes do crickets have?
Bugscope Teamtwo, usually
- Guestwhy do they have such long antennaes
Bugscope Teamantennae are very important to insects in communicating with the world, in obtaining information. ants use them much more than they use their eyes. sometimes the length of the antennae helps them maneuver it to smell things using the tiny sensory structures built into it
- Guesthow big are they
- Guestwhat do they do in a day
- Guest2 coumpound eyes
- Guesthow long can a cockroach live
- 8:26 am
- Guesthow old can a criket get
Bugscope TeamCrickets only live a few weeks. The crickets hatch from eggs laid in the ground in the spring or early summer, and are adults within about 3 months. They breed and then lay their eggs in late summer. They then die of old age or will freeze if the temperature lowers to 32 degrees. Incidently the the higher the temperature gets the more a cricket chirps.
- Guesthey dragonnfly
- StudentHow long can a yellowjacket live?
- Guestyo to you to
- Guestare the lines dented in or sticking
- Guest tyuuytygtygygtrrtedyrfdtghygfyf
- Guestr cockroaches venomous
- Guestwhos fly??
- Guestyo people
- Studenthow long can ants get?
Bugscope TeamThe biggest ants - like bullet ants in the tropics - can be well over an inch.
- Guestwo wo wow wo
- Guesthow old can a misquito get?
- Guestfly is payton
- StudentHow big are cricket's legs
- Guestwho is waterbug
- Guestdo u have a girlfriend
- Guesthow big are butterflies wings
- GuestHannah and Amber
- Guestwater bugs live in water and they arent affraid of humans
- Guestdo you have a boy freind
- Guestwho askedwho is fly?
- Guestwhy do crickets chirp
Bugscope Teami think it's used to communicate between crickets, for mating and such. they rub their legs to make the sound
- StudentDoes a yellow jacket die after it stings?
Bugscope Teama yellow jacket can sting repeatedly, so you have to be more careful around them
Bugscope TeamNot unless you crush it. The honeybee is the insect that will die after it stings, because the stinger is barbed and gets stuck in the skin.
- Guestgrasshopper is jillian
- Guestwhy do they have there eyes to the side
- Guestdo spiders have deadly bites
- Studentdo ants eat
Bugscope Teamyes, most species of ants are attracted to sweet things
- Guesthow long can a stinkbug live
- Guesthow many hairs do ants have
- Guestwhat are those bumps
- Guestwhat is this
- Guestwhat is the coolest fly in ur opinion
- Guesthow long are butterflies wings
- Guestare misquitos milions of years old?
Bugscope Teamwell, the order of insects is very old, yes, but a single mosquito doesn't live that long
- Guestwhat color is your blood?
Bugscope Teamred by the time you see it
- Studentis it eating somthing
- Guestdavid who are you
- Guestaunts can carry food twice there size
- Guestdragon fly is Amber and Hannah
- Guestwhat are those lines sticking out
Bugscope Teamthose are setae, hair like things that help insects to feel their way around
- Guestcan flys have babies?
Bugscope TeamYep, they are called maggots.
- StudentWhat is that?
- Guesthow strong are ants
Bugscope Teamthey are very strong for their size, much stronger than humans, relatively speaking
- Guestis it eating somthing??
Bugscope Teamthe mouthparts often make ants look like they are eating something, but what we see are just how complicated the mouth of an ant is
- Guesthow much hair does it have
- Guestdoes the ant poop
Bugscope Teamoh yes, insects excrete waste, all live needs to excrete some kind of waste of some form
- StudentWhat is that
Bugscope Teamthis is the underside of an ant's mouth. So we are seeing the hinged jaw to the very top of the screen and we are seeing things that looks like furry legs that are palps, which help the ant taste and move around food
- Guesthow big can a misquito get?
- Guestwhat is that
- 8:31 am
- Guesthow much do ants eat each year
- Guestwhat is that
- Guestdo they have hairs in there mouth?
Bugscope Teamthe tiny hairs we see, called 'setae,' or 'microsetae,' or sometimes other names, are often sensory -- they are used to feel, and to smell
Bugscope Teamyes, some of those hairs (setae) are used for tasting food!
- Guestwhat is this picter
- Guesthow long is the hair
Bugscope Teamthey are very small, microns in size, although they do vary. a micron is a millionth of one meter
- Guestwhy is there hair on a grass hoper
- Guesthow big is an ants mouth
Bugscope Teamwe can see that at the outside, the ant's mouth is about 500 microns, or 500 micrometers, or half a millimeter long
- Guesthow big is the hornets stinger
Bugscope TeamIt is not very long, but it still hurts a lot because it injects venom.
- Guesthow old can a ant get?
Bugscope Teamthey usually live for around 3 months
- Guesti heard people say crickets are very weak is that true???
- Bugscope Teamthe hairs are never called hairs. they are called setae (see-tee)
- Guestdoes the ant eat people
Bugscope Teamwell, some ant species are dangerous to small animals, so maybe a baby could be at risk. but i don't think any ants in the USA are that aggressive. but i'm not 100% sure!
- Studentthank cate
- Guesthow many ants does it take to carey a BOOK
- Guesthow long are the antennas
Bugscope Teamwhat does the c stand for in that equation?
- Guesti lerned ho much ants ate
- Guestyo hi
- Bugscope Teamants will eat almost anything but they are partial to sweet things
- Studentwill ants eat tomato
Bugscope TeamNot really sweet enough for them, or enough protein. But they might take some for the water.
- Guesthow big is an ants gaw
Bugscope Teamwalking stick we can see one ant's jaw here, and you can see the scalebar on the left; it's less than a millimeter long here, but they vary quite a bit in length
- Guestdoes the ant have guts
- Guesthi collage people
- StudentWhat are the cracks down your mouth?
Bugscope Teamthat is where the jaws open. Their jaws open out like a gate, unlike ours which open up and down
- Guesthow much do ants weigh
- Guesthow many cm are ants jaws
- Bugscope Teamin E=mc2, c refers to the speed of light, which is a constant, just thought i'd mention that... :)
- 8:36 am
- Guestdoes the ant pick his noes
Bugscope Teamthe ant doesn't have a nose; most insects don't; but it does clean its antennae using special combs built into its forelimbs
Bugscope Teamwell, they don't have noses, although they do have combs to brush things off their face and such. ants smell things through their setae (hairs)
- Guestso fhgbhjfdknvuygf
- Guest no
- 8:44 am
- Bugscope Teamup close, insects have LOTS of those setae (see-tee), those are very important for the insect to feel its way around
- Bugscope Teamthis is the face of one of the three ants, and here we can see the jaws, the front of the head, and the bases of the antennae.
- Bugscope Teamsince insects have an exoskeleton which cannot feel, those hairs are vital to the insects survival
- Bugscope Teamit's like an insect is walking around in a suit of armour, and has those setae sticking through the armour to nerve underneath
- Guesthow do bugs bite??
Bugscope Teamthey use their jaws; sometimes they have, like with horseflies, slashing mouthparts that cut your skin
Bugscope Teamthey have jaws, or piercing mouth parts that help them to collect food into their mouths
- Bugscope Teamif you were a horsefly and had to cut into horse skin you would have some pretty sharp and long slashing mouthparts
- Bugscope Teamthese are palps in the mouth of one of the ants
- Guesty fhufhuoidshuifhioughiudguih
- Guestwhy is it harry
Bugscope Teamthose hairs are called setae (see-tee), and the help the insect sense its environment, very very important for insects to have all those hairs
- 8:49 am
- Guestdo all bugs bite
Bugscope Teamwell, no, some don't even have mouths
- Studentwhat are the leg s
- Guesthow many legs are there?
Bugscope Teaminsects have 6 legs. These hairy things are palps in the mouth and are not legs
- Guesthow harry
- Guestwhy do ants have hair?
- Guestwhy are ants bla
- Guesthow come ithas alot of haires.
- Guestwhy are ants black
Bugscope Teamnot all ants are black, some are red
- Studentwhy are bugs so small
Bugscope TeamIt's actually because of the exoskeleton. At larger sizes, it just can't hold the insect together.
- Bugscope Teamthose hairs are called SETAE (see-tee), ALL insects have setae, they is like cat whiskers, helping them feel their environment
- Guestare ants cold or warm bloded?
Bugscope Teamthey are cold blooded
- Guestis that where they have ther babys
- Studentwhat are the hairy legs
- Guestwhat are the legs under the jaw?
Bugscope Teamthose are palps; they look like legs but they are accessory mouthparts; they help insects feel, manipulate, and taste their food
- Guestwhy are the legs by the mouth
- Guestwhy are bugs so small?
Bugscope Teami think because it's possible for life to find a way to survive that small. whenever there is a way, life will usually find it...
- Studenthow are insets diferint
- Studentwhat are the leg
- Guestwhy are they hairy?
- Guestwiy are the legs onder the gou
- Guestwhat do you the ants do in the winter
Bugscope TeamMany ants will stay in the nest all winter, feeding on stored foods. But some ants are ONLY active in the winter, taking advantage of the fact that all their competition is gone.
- Guestwhy are some ants red?
Bugscope Teamcolors sometimes come from the diet of the insect. if you look at an ant using a normal microscope you might see that its cuticle -- its exoskeleton -- is almost transparent
- Guestwhy do ants have their legs in mouth
Bugscope Teammaybe it ate another bug!!!
- Guestwhat aree the legs under the jaw
Bugscope Teamwell, those are not legs, things coming from the mouth area can be things like a proboscis, or antenna, or setae...
- 8:55 am
- Bugscope Teamthey do look like legs though, don't they?
- Bugscope Teamif we zoom out we can get a better look
- Bugscope Teamah, cool, nice job mrs. C!
- Bugscope TeamI would like to see what happened to that left eye, on the right
- Bugscope Teamit looks like the eye is cracked
- Bugscope TeamBelieve it or not, they are actually legs - in a sense. The original insects probably had legs there, and as time went on they evolved into the more specialized 'palps' - used for tasting and not for walking.
- Bugscope Teambe sure to check out some of the other places on the stub -- the other presets -- for comparison to what we are seeing now
- Bugscope Teamawesome rob, thanks for clarifying about the leg out of the mouth thing
- Bugscope Teamrob is an entomologist, so he knows better than i do!
- Bugscope TeamThey really do look like legs in these images! It's almost like evolution is reversing. ;)
- 9:01 am
- Teacherwhat are we looking at
- Bugscope Teamthis is the underside of the ant's head. so we are looking up at the underside of the mouth
- Bugscope Teamsee the curved jaws?
- Bugscope Teamthis is cool
- Teacherwhat is an ant comb
Bugscope Teamthe ant uses it to clean itself from debris and such
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of the 'combs' we often find on the forelimbs of ants
- Bugscope Teamthe fine bristles on the comb allow the ant to clean its antennae of dust and debris
- Bugscope Teamah the cricket head
- Bugscope Teamshe may have more complicated mouthparts than the ant
- Bugscope Teamyou could see two sets of jaws
- Teacherwhat is this
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- Bugscope Teamthis is the face of the cricket
- 9:06 am
- Guestwhy is this
- Bugscope Teamone or two jaws are visible at the bottom of the image we see now
- Bugscope Teamthis is a close up of the cricket head, if you zoom out you can see more of it
- Studentwere the eyes
Bugscope Teamyou can see one of the eyes now to the very right of the screen and a round area
- Bugscope Teamthe thing that looks like a tiny shield is a scale from another insect
- Studentwere does a water bug live
Bugscope TeamThink about the name. ;) You find them in freshwater.
- Studentwhere are the eyes on a cricket
Bugscope Teameyes on insects are usually found on the very sides of the head, not in the front of the head like for us. One of the eyes is visible to the right of the viewing area as a round lump
- Guesthow big can a insect get
Bugscope Teamwow, there's lots of big ones, some praying mantis are huge, the size of your hand. some beetles can get really big too.
- Guestwhat is the most valuable
- Guesthow do they mate
- Studentwere the mouth
- Guesthow big is an ants brain
- Guestwear is ear
Bugscope TeamCricket ears are actually in a really weird place - they are on the front legs.
- Guesthow big can crickets get
- Studenthow long can the cricket live?
- Guesthow can a praymantince get
Bugscope Teamin the Tropics a praying mantis can be as long as your hand, and they can also fly, as adults, so they can be very impressive
- Studentwe the but
- GuestHow many years have you stuted bugs?
Bugscope TeamA while now - about 5 years. And there's still a lot I dont know!
- Studenthow many body parts are does a cricket have
Bugscope Teammany, head, abdomen, leg segments, antenna, etc
- Studentwhere do cricket live
Bugscope TeamField crickets like these will dig little burrows under the soil.
- Guesthow many eyes does it has.
- Guestwhy are cricket so hariy
- Guestare there hairs on it
Bugscope Teamtotally! those hairs are called setae (see-tee), they help insects sense their environment. TONS of setae on insects, all over the place
- Guesthow old dos it git
- Guesthow many foods does it eats
Bugscope TeamCrickets are what we call "polyphagous," they eat almost anything.
- 9:11 am
- Guestwhat is this animal
Bugscope Teamthis is a cricket
- Bugscope Team'poly' means 'many,' and 'phage' refers to eating
- Guesthow do primanteses mate
Bugscope Teamwell, it is an interesting encounter. the male and female mate, and then sometimes the female will bite off the head of the male, during mating.
- 9:16 am
- Bugscope Teamthey have internal fertilization like many animals
- Guestme ask:who long can an ant live?
Bugscope Teamwell, it depends on the caste. worker ants don't live long at all, whereas queens can live years (ala rob)
Bugscope TeamHello Hornet!
- Bugscope Teamhey hornet1
- Bugscope Teamhi, welcome to bugscope!
Bugscope Teamand a lknasdflue to you too, stink bug!
- Guestim ben
- Bugscope TeamHi Ben!
- Guestwhat is a hornet?
Bugscope TeamA hornet is a type of large wasp.
Bugscope Teamhey what's the matter? do you see the image on the screen? do you need to refresh (hit F5)?
- 9:22 am
- Bugscope Teamwhgat's up?
- Bugscope Teamwhat is up?
- Guesthelp me
- Bugscope Teamhow can i help?
- GuestWHAT IS THAT
Bugscope Teamthis is a comb on an ant, it uses it to brush things off of it's antenna, or it's compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamif your image is black, try hitting refresh, like scott says. F5 is refresh.
- Teacherthe kids want tot know what in the world this is
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of the combs on the forelimb of an ant
- Studentwhat in the world is going on
Bugscope Teamyou are looking at LIVE images from an electron microscope, your teacher is controlling the scope via the internet
- Bugscope Teamit has fine little bristles on it so the ant can use it to keep its antennae clean, or its eyes, as Alex says
- GuestWHAT IS A ANT COMB
- Guestwhat is an antcomb
- Bugscope Teamdo you want to see what the inside of the electron microscope looks like?
- Bugscope Teamthe comb is what the ant uses to keep its antennae clean
- Studentthis is desguisting
Bugscope Teamyeah, isn't it cool?
- GuestTHAT IS SICK
- Guesthow strong is a ant jaw
Bugscope Teamdepending on the ant, the jaw may be able to grasp and help the ant lift something several times its weight. some ant jaws are especially strong; those of leafcutter ants have powerful muscles operating them so they can cut large pieces of leaves.
- GuestTHAT IS EVEN SICKER
- Guesthow do cricks breath?
Bugscope Teamgood question! they use this hole thing, it's called a spiracle, and air goes into the body of the cricket, and that is how it gets nutrients from the air
- Guestdo ants have white teeth
Bugscope TeamAnts have a pair of mandibles instead of teeth, and usually they are the same color as the body.
- Guestdo ants live long
Bugscope Teamthe queen does, but worker ants don't live long, no
- 9:27 am
- GuestBOOGER BURGER
- Guest OTYYYY7IJIJYIJIOIOIO
- Guestdo they have a touge
Bugscope Teamthey don't have a tongue but they have accessory mouthparts to help them get food into their mouths and to taste it as well
- Bugscope TeamSome ants can actually launch themselves into the air by closing their jaws quickly. Imagine doing that with your mouth.
- Guestcan ants run fast
- Guestim puking
Bugscope Teamget a bucket first!!!!
- Guestis bugsthat
Bugscope Teamhow can i help?
- Studentben is hornet1
- Guesti threw up
Bugscope Teami hope in a bucket
- Guestjkkkkkkkkkkkkjj v xjnn jhjfgju vb vb b
Bugscope Teamhi there
- Bugscope Teamthis is the proboscis of a soldier fly
- 9:32 am
- Bugscope Teamif you take the mag down you will be able to see the rest of the head
- Bugscope Teamyou can see one of the eyes, barely, on the right at the bottom of the screen now
- Bugscope Teamyes the eye is the bumpy part
- Bugscope Teamhere's the inside of the scope
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the bugs on the stub
- 9:38 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is the inside of the microscope you are using today
- Bugscope Teamin the middle of the screen, sort of, is the stage the insects are stuck to for this session
- Bugscope Teamok, we turned the electron detector back on, now you can see the ant head
- Bugscope Teamthis is the head of an ant with unusually comlex compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamsome ants do not even have eyes; ants rely much more on their antennae than their eyes
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the bases of the antennae to the north here...
- Bugscope Teamthe antenna fits into the head using a ball-and-socket joint
- Bugscope Teamand their setae (see-tee)
- Bugscope Teamnow we see the underside of an ant head
- Guestwhat are we looking at now?
Bugscope Teamthis is the mouth of an ant!
- 9:43 am
- Bugscope Teamnow you can see where that comb is on the ant arm
- Bugscope Teamand here we see one of the spiracles through which insects breathe
- Bugscope Teamthis is on the body of the cricket
- Bugscope Teamthis is a spiracle. insects don't breath through their mouths, instead they have these holes on their abdomens, and air goes inside and feeds the bugs air
- Bugscope Teamsee where it is?
- Bugscope Teamhere, the spiracles are on the legs
- Bugscope Teamit's on the abdomen
- Bugscope Teamah, here is a really cool looking compound eye
- Bugscope Teamthis is cool!
- Bugscope Teamthe bumps are the individual facets of the eye, each one has a lens in it
- Bugscope Teamthe bumps are called ommatidia
- Bugscope Teamand notice the setae in the upper right?
- Bugscope Teamsometimes you'll find setae in between the ommatidia
- Bugscope Teamthe fly whose eye this is is a bee mimic called a bee fly
- Bugscope Teamwe're going to have owl pellets sometime soon
- Teacherwe are working with 2 and 3 graders so we have been looking and talking about the insects - but not having them type as many questions as they tend to accidently log themselves off
Bugscope Teamno problemo
- Bugscope TeamI do that too!
- Teacherthanks for all yoyu are doing
- Bugscope Team:)
- Bugscope Teamflying insects have great vision
- Bugscope Teamyay
- Bugscope Teampartly because those compound eyes are so complex
- 9:49 am
- Bugscope Teamah, this is cool, a claw on a weevil
- Bugscope TeamHey, this is a cool picture.
- Bugscope Teamweevil's don't wobble and they don't fall down
- Bugscope Teamyeah sorry it is charging in the lower portion
- Bugscope TeamEver wondered how insects stick to smooth walls and windows? Those rows of hairs you see are covered in oils.
- Bugscope Teamit is cool 'cause we can see a well-developed pulvillus
- Bugscope Teaminsects use claws for all kinds of things: defense, stuffing food into their mouths, holding onto things for movement and balance, etc.
- Bugscope Teamthis weevil is interesting, also, because it has a very long proboscis, and it also has scales on its exoskeleton
- Bugscope Teamweevils often have scales and they fall off as they get older
- 9:54 am
- Bugscope Teamthe ant!
- Bugscope Teamnice, this is an ant head
- Bugscope Teamants are related to wasps
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the jaw clampers near the mouth area. and the two compound eyes on either side of the head. and the two antenna coming from between the compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamthere is a scale from another insect on the jaw on the left
- Bugscope Teamthis is an ant, too, from the underside of the head
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the jaws here, too. they're curved
- Bugscope Teamthe jaws fold over each other and open like a gate, from side to side. insect mouths are not like ours -- usually the mouth opens sideways compared to our mouths
- Bugscope Teamthis is a comb -- a built-in comb -- on the leg of the ant
- 9:59 am
- Bugscope Teamlook to the top and left of center
- Bugscope TeamSee you!
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of the pores through which insects breathe
- Bugscope Teamand this is the 'tail' of the cricket
- Bugscope Teamcrickets lay their eggs, as many insects do, using a long tube called an 'ovipositor.'
- Bugscope Teamthat was the ovipositor of the cricket, and this is part of the eye of the bee fly
- Bugscope Teamthis is the head of the bee fly!
- Bugscope Teamit has a huge long proboscis
- 10:06 am
- Bugscope Teamthe reason the bee fly has a long proboscis is because it prefers to hover over flowers when it collects nectar.
- Bugscope Teamit resembles a bee in some ways, and it feeds on about the same things as bees, but it doesn't like to land on things.
- Bugscope Teamso that long proboscis can reach down into a flower while the bee fly is hovering in place
- Bugscope Teamsee its eyes?
- Bugscope Teamits eyes take up most of its head unlike the ants
- Bugscope Teamthats because flies rely on them more. ants are more dependent on their antennae because they live in the ground
- Bugscope Teamhey there water bug
- Guesthow many tipes of bugs are there?
- Bugscope TeamNot sure of how many species there are, but the estimated number of insects on Earth is thought to be close to 8 million
- 10:12 am
- 10:17 am
- Bugscope Teamhow what water bug?
- Bugscope Teamoh yes indeed
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of the spiracles the cricket uses to breathe
- Bugscope Teamit has lots of tiny spines that we think function as a filter to keep dust and pollen out
- Bugscope Teamthis is the ovipositor -- the egg-laying tube at the tail end of the cricket
- Bugscope Teamthis is a closeup of some of the eye facets of the bee fly
Bugscope Teamwell, not hair, but close. it's called setae (see-tee), they are like cat whiskers in that they help insects to sense their environment
- Bugscope Teamyes there is even hair on the compound eye!
- Bugscope Teamsee how long its proboscis is?
- 10:22 am
- Studenthow long
- Bugscope Teamthat is an extended tube that the fly uses to collect nectar from flowers
- Guest mmZ
- Bugscope Teamabout 3 mm!
- Guest nvnbmv
- Studenti like you
- Bugscope Teambye water bug
- Bugscope Teambye bye water bug!
- 10:29 am
- Bugscope Teamsession starts at 7, setup even earlier right?
- Bugscope Teamoops sorry
- Bugscope Teamthis is a head of a bee fly, with HUGE compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamand that thing sticking out of the middle of its head is the proboscis
- Guesthow big do they get?
Bugscope Teamthey can be, in the Tropics, 40 mm long
- Bugscope Teamthe largest proboscis on an life form i the elephant trunk
- Bugscope Teamwell, this proboscis is about 2 millimeters, that is very large for a small insects
Bugscope Teamyep, it has legs too, those are a bit to the south of here
- Bugscope Teamalthough i guess you can see them a bit
- Guestwhere do they live
Bugscope Teamanywhere where there is pollen and nectar, these fly's are a major pollinator of plant species
- Bugscope Teamif you zoom in on the compound eyes you can see more structure. compound eyes are very cool
- Guestwhat do they eat
Bugscope Teampollen and nectar
- Guestspecific continent
Bugscope TeamI think, as usual, every continent but the big one on the bottom of the world
- Bugscope TeamThe larval stages are predators or parasitoids of other insect eggs and larvae.
- Bugscope Teamthey hover over flowers rather than landing, so they need to have a longer proboscis than normal
- Bugscope Teamof course like other fly's, they are born as predatory larvae and feed of other insects
- 10:34 am
- Bugscope Teamah, like cate said!
- Guesthow old do they get
Bugscope Teamwell, i'm not sure, it's so hard to know. but i think a life span of a season is probably normal?
- Bugscope Teamusually a year in temperate climates
- Guestwhat preadators do they have
Bugscope TeamI don't know that they have specific predators -- probably birds, bats, praying mantises, dragonflies, assassin bugs
- Bugscope Teamas scott said, Bee flies occur on all continents except Antarctica, however their highest diversities occur in semi-arid and arid environments
- Bugscope Teamyeah, like cate said, lots of small birds feed on insects. when you see birds flying around a light pole just when it is about to get dark, that's because they are feeding on flying insects. they just fly through the swarming insects and chomp on as many insects as they can. the wood thrush bird does this all the time. very cool bird it is.
- Bugscope Teambecause they hover they are perhaps less apt to be eaten by insects/spiders on the flowers themselves
- 10:40 am
- Guestwhat is this
- Guestsame thing?
- Bugscope Teamthis is a claw of a weevil
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of the tarsi -- the terminal tarsus and claw, of the weevil
- Bugscope Teamthe claw part is above and to the right
- Guestwhere do they live
- Bugscope Teamthe furry part is what helps it grab onto surfaces
- Guestdo they fly
- Guesthave you ever done a love bug before?
Bugscope Teamnot that i recall, scott?
- Bugscope Teamwe have but not for awhile
- Guesthow many times?
- Bugscope TeamI think most weevils do not fly
- Bugscope Teamthis weevil is known as an acorn or nut weevil
- Guestwhat bugs have you never done
- Bugscope Teamthere are so many it is hard to say; you could say that in 10 years we have barely looked at insects at all, not a huge diversity of them
- 10:46 am
- Guesthow big do these get?
Bugscope Teamthey are said to get about a half inch long
- Bugscope TeamI just read that bean weevils fly. It is often said that weevils commonly play dead if you disturb them, and they may not start moving again for 5 minutes
- Guest'' bean'' weevils
- Guesthow old
Bugscope Teamlike many insects they probably live a year or less in this--temperate climate
- Bugscope TeamHi Centipede1!
- Guestwhat are we looking at
- Bugscope Teamthis is an ant]
- Bugscope Teamant
- Bugscope Teamthe jaw was at the bottom of the image
- Bugscope Teamhere is the underside of the ant head
- Guestwhat are those wiggly lines near what I think is the mouth
Bugscope Teamthe things that look like antennae, or limbs, are palps, which are accessory mouthparts
- Bugscope Teamthis is another ant, but we see it from beneath, as Cate said
- 10:51 am
- GuestHow old can ants get?
Bugscope Teamthey usually live for 3 months
- Teacherwhat are the things sticking out of the mouth that look like arms
Bugscope Teamthose are called palps, which are used to help it eat and taste food
- Bugscope TeamQueen ants are said to be able to live a decade, in some cases.
- Bugscope TeamRob, who was on earlier, said they are evolved legs so that is why they look like legs
Bugscope TeamHi Cicada!
- Bugscope Teamthe ant lifespan is variable. some live 90 days, some 2 to 6 months, and queens may live much longer
- Bugscope Teamhi cicada
- StudentWhat do ants eat?
Bugscope Teammost species like to eat anything sweet
- Guestwhat do ants do for a living?
Bugscope Teamants are social in behavior, so they live in a collective and work towards the better of the whole society
- Student how long are ants?
- GuestHow they eat food?
- Teacheri am trying to get to the ant comb preset but the screen seems to be frozen
- GuestWhen were ants first discovered?
- Guesthow old is the oldest ant in the world?
Bugscope Teamants evolved from wasp-like insects more than 100 million years ago
- GuestWhat eats ants?
- 10:56 am
- Guestwhy did scientests name bugs bugs
Bugscope Teambugs are called bugs because the root of the word bug has to do with things that people dread -- that people are afraid of
- Guestwhy is the an antsmouth so hairy?
Bugscope Teamwell, those hairs are called setae (see-tee) and they help it to sense its environment, taste its food, feel wind and stuff like that
- GuestHi whats your name?
- StudentDo ants eat other ants?
Bugscope Teamyes ants definitely can eat other ants
- GuestHow big is the biggist ant?
- GuestHow many ants are in the world?
Bugscope TeamScientists estimate that there are one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) ants living on the earth at any given time
- Guesthow big is the biggest ant?
Bugscope TeamThe male driver ant, also called a sausage fly, is the largest ant in the world. It can be 3 centimeters long. Driver ants are also known as safari ants or siafu.
- Guestwhy is the things that come out of ther mouth harey
- StudentWhy do fire ants bite?
Bugscope Teamfire ants inject venom to kill other insects; the same venom is also used an antibiotic to protect larvae, but in a sprayed form, not injected
- Bugscope Teami had to fix the scope there, should be back to normal now, i moved to a new preset
- Guesthow big is dhfgtu
- Studenthow many bugs do you have in the lab?
Bugscope Teamwe have several hundred insects in the lab
- Bugscope Teamhow many ants cate?
- Bugscope Teamone quadrillion
- Bugscope Teamcan you show me in match sticks?
- Bugscope Team;)
- 11:01 am
- Bugscope Teammatch sticks to fill the city
- Bugscope Teamthis is a spiracle, a breathing hole on a cricket
- Bugscope Teamsome are alive!
- Bugscope Teaminsects don't breath with their mouths, they have these holes on their abdomen areas, and air goes into the hole and that is how they breath
- Bugscope Teamthey breathe through spiracles like these
- Bugscope Teamall of the spines inside the spiracle serve as a filter to keep dust and dirt out of the airways
- Bugscope Teamso, like bugaboo, and related to bogge, and bog, and hobgoblin, from what I read
- 11:06 am
- Bugscope Teamthe 'true bugs,' to an entomologist, are certain species that have, among other attributes, piercing mouthpart
- Bugscope Teammouthparts
- Bugscope Teamthis is the part of the forelimb of the ant that helps it clean its antennae
- Bugscope Teamthis is a cricket head
- 11:11 am
- Bugscope Teamwow that was cool to see the 'scope move past some of the other insects
- Bugscope Teamkind of complex looking, if you zoom out you'll see more of it
- Bugscope Teamback to the spiracle
- Bugscope Teamthis is the ovipositor
- Bugscope Teamthe cricket uses this to deposit its eggs
- Bugscope Teamwhen the cricket was alive those two halves of the tube would have been together
- Bugscope Teamyay!
- Bugscope Teamthis is the bee fly!
- Bugscope Teamsee its proboscis?
- Bugscope Teamthe bee fly hovers over flowers to collect nectar through that long tube -- the proboscis
- 11:17 am
- Bugscope Teamyou can see its palps, on either side of the proboscis, that help it taste what the proboscis is probing
- Teacherthank you so much for telling us all about what we are seeing! The kids absolutely loved this - they were completely engaged!!!!! We just had the last class come through so we are all done until June 17th - talk with you again then - again thananks so much this was awesome!
- Bugscope TeamThank You! See you in 12 days!
- Bugscope Teamthank you!
- Bugscope Teamthank you and see you again soon!'