Connected on 2009-09-23 20:00:00
from Richland, WA, US
- 6:48 pm
- Bugscope Teampumping down...
- Bugscope Team1.9 x 10-4
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- 7:41 pm
- Bugscope Teamhi lisa
- Bugscope TeamCool.
- 7:47 pm
- Bugscope TeamThis guy. A mean looking critter
- 7:56 pm
- Bugscope TeamWe found a mite for Stephanie.
- 8:02 pm
- Studentwow that is one ugly little dude
- Bugscope TeamHi Brandi!
- StudentEWWWWW! :)
- StudentHi everyone!! This is kind of cool! :)
- StudentI agree wi Lexie!!!
- StudentThis is very cool
- Bugscope TeamHi Lexie!
- Bugscope TeamYes, we've got a nice predatory fly here to start things off!
- Bugscope Teamheh. Hi Kait!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- GuestThanks Scot
- Bugscope Teamhi all
- StudentI hate flies
- StudentThanks Scot!!!
- StudentClose your eyes Brandi!!
- Bugscope TeamThe last preset, no 26, is this guy's claw
- TeacherJust FYI, we don't have many bug lovers in the group... They are a little grossed out at the moment! :)
- Bugscope Teamkind of like that of a praying mantis or an assassin bug
- GuestIts because were all girls
- Studenthaha so true..
- TeacherPlease pass the controls to Mal R
- Bugscope Teamha think about the children! they love this stuff
- Studentor it will give them nightmares
- Bugscope Teamyeah...
- Studenti think i'm living my nightmare...
- Bugscope TeamOdds are it eats other insects rather than humans, so you can think of it as a friend. :)
- GuestThis guy looks like a monster that would crawl out from under their beds and suck out their brains...
- GuestI just shivered a little bit.
- Guestuh...what is that
- TeacherAre those teeth?
- Studenti dont want to know...
- StudentSo that is it's claw?
- Studentwhat is this again?
- StudentI will call him spike
- StudentHow does it grab things?
Bugscope Teamthere's a kind of tendon inside that pulls the claws together
Bugscope TeamIt hangs on, more than it grabs. Like velcro.
- Bugscope Teamthis is someone else's claw, and it moved a little
- Studentthis is too sick!!!!!
- GuestWhat is the actual size of this bug?
Bugscope Teamcheck out the micron bar, lower left; these are all small enough to fit on a 1.75-inch disc
- Studentwhere can we find these things?
Bugscope TeamThis time of the year, they are starting to disappear. But most of the time you can find them on milkweed. The name is actually 'milkweed bug.'
- StudentIn a live session, does the microscope work in color?
- 8:07 pm
- StudentWhat are those little things that look like ears?
Bugscope TeamMal those are the claws -- this is the end of one of the legs or arms
- GuestDo they bite humans?...
Bugscope TeamNope, milkweed bugs are completely herbivorous.
- Bugscope Teamif you click on the micron bar you bring up more info about the 'scope parameters
- GuestOh jolly
- Guestit can crawl in your ear....
Bugscope Teamwe don't have any earwigs this evening
- Studentare those horns coming out of its head?
Bugscope TeamWe're looking at the tip of the foot. :)
- Guestwhat would it eat or consume
- Studentwhat is that?
- StudentWhat does this mean by "full body piercing"?
- StudentI almost don't want to know what that is....
- Bugscope Teamthis is a wasp that had a pin in it, and you can see all the way through
- Studentdoes this remind anyone of the alien in 'Independence Day'?
- Bugscope Teamthese were all in display cases, so they all have a pin hole in them
- GuestIt looks shot...sad
Bugscope TeamA taxonomist would agree. Huge holes like this make it hard to identify the insect - probably should have had a smaller pin. :)
- StudentPretty cool
- Studenttransfre control to Lexie please..
- Bugscope TeamLexie is the supreme ruler now.
- GuestGood call..
- Studentthat is crazy that we can actually see inside the pin hole!
- GuestSo Scot...who are you
- Guestexcuse Kait...she means are you a grad student?
- Bugscope TeamI am an electron microscopist. I work in the lab 23 feet underground and rarely go outside.
- Bugscope TeamI dunno, he's got a lot of cool toys to play with. I'm a little jealous.
- 8:12 pm
- Studenti would miss the sunshine...
- StudentSo you like bugs?
Bugscope TeamSure they are pretty cool to look at. Another life form.
- Bugscope Teamha. I have a degree in English and Biology and have been doing this for a long time.
- Bugscope Teamscott doesnt miss it
- StudentSo no entomology.
- Bugscope TeamHere you've got a great view of the compound eyes, on either side of the head.
- Bugscope Teami miss the sun sometimes though
- GuestAwesome Scot.
- GuestAnyhoo...back to the bugs....
- Studentthanx Lexi I am not sure what to do???
- Bugscope TeamAll those little hexagons are individual 'ommatidia,' which are simplified eyes.
- StudentLooks like fabric.. almost fake!
- Bugscope Teamyeah Cate is an electron microscopist as well.
- Studenthow many "little eyes" does this guy have inside one big eye?
Bugscope TeamLooks like over a thousand... the number will vary from species to species depending on how important vision is to its life.
- TeacherHow about the rest of you... what experiences brought you to BugScope?
- StudentSo does the fly see actual multiple images like in the movies?
- Guestis that the head of a fly>
- Studenttexture looks like that of a basketball
- StudentHalloween is coming way to soon to be looking at this stuff!!!
- Studentyes it does!
- Studenthow do they see..how much can they see at once?
Bugscope TeamThey have a great angle of view - some insects have only a tiny blind spot under their head. But the resolution isn't as good as ours, so they couldn't, say, read a book.
- Guestor a colander
- Guestwhats that?
- Studentwhat is this?
- Bugscope Teamthey are something only leafhoppers produce
- Guestwasp nests
- Guestleaf hopers...good word
- Studentyeah what if those were in your honeycombs.. i am forever scarred lol
- StudentWhat is a brochosome?
Bugscope Teamit's a waxy pellet a few hundred nanometers in diameter that helps leafhoppers and their eggs keep from drying out as they play in the grass
- Studentwhere do you find these things?
Bugscope TeamFrom what I've seen from these sessions, they're absolutely everywhere.
- Studentis a leafhopper similar to a grasshopper?
Bugscope TeamIn a sense. They both have long hind legs and can hop. But evolutionarily, they are very far apart.
- Bugscope Teamnotice the scalebar in the lower left
- Bugscope Teamsays 437 nm
- Studentso they are somewhat of an outershell around their eggs?
Bugscope TeamLike styrofoam packing material for an important package.
- Studentturn the controls over to Kristina
- Studentok thank you
- 8:17 pm
- GuestAlbertoVo5....why arent u chatting?
Bugscope TeamHe crawled off to sleep behind the 'scope where it is dusty but warm
- Bugscope Teamleafhoppers are known to have an 'anointing behavior' in which they spread these on their exoskeletons
- Studenti'd be worried about dust mites if i were him
Bugscope Teamdustmites are softbodied, like aphids, so it is hard to get them looking good in the 'scope
- StudentScott, you lost me on anointing behavior, they spread the brochosomes intentionally?
- StudentCan you please transfer control to Kristina
- Guesthow often are the bugs updated?
Bugscope TeamWe put new samples together for each session.
- GuestDo you have to order them or do you just leave out a bologna sandwich and collect?
- Studentoh yes.. very fun!
- GuestEww...keep it away from us..i dont wanna know some things
- Studentworst fear right here..
- Guesti see a pig snout!
- Studentwhat kind of spider is this?
- GuestThats nasty
- Studentthis is NOT art!
- Bugscope Teammy mom, unfortunately in a way, sends me bugs instead of, like, food
- GuestAudeena just said that looks like a hairy bottom..
Bugscope Teamha, oh no.
- Bugscope Teamchelicerae
- Studenthaha.. according to audeena its modeling art
- Studenti admire all you scientists right now, i'm about to pass out
- StudentWhat kind of spider is this?
- Studentplease i beg you give the control over the Rachel
- Bugscope TeamI'm not actually sure what kind of spider we have here.
- Studentwhat exactly is a chelicerae and where do they live?
Bugscope TeamChelicerae, or chelicers, are the things we're looking at -- the buns -- that drive the fangs into the prey
- Bugscope Teamits a brownish spider. i cant tell you more
- Bugscope TeamFor me, 'spider' is about as specific as I can get. I only know bugs. :)
- Studenthas your mom ever sent you choc chip cookies with grasshoppers in them?
- Guestspiders shouldnt even be on earth! yuck.
- GuestIt looks like a nostril
- 8:22 pm
- StudentIs that the ear???
- Studentis that a nostril?
- Bugscope Teamit is a nostril!
- Guestit looks like kaitlins eyeball
- StudentWhat is a spiricle?
- GuestI knew it
- Bugscope Teamthis is how insects breathe
- GuestKAILA...not cool..ur walking home
- Studentgood Job Brandi
- StudentI think they're all cool looking. Dissecting stuff like this would be my dream job
- Studenti agree kaila!
- Studentill take you home! haha
- StudentIs that pollen?
Bugscope Teamno but there are examples of pollen this evening
- StudentThe dust specs
- Bugscope Teaminsects have these on both sides of their body segments
- Studentor something
- Studentso those little fuzzy things are like boogers?
- StudentWhere on a wasp is this located?
Bugscope Teamthis is on the thorax, I think
- Studentthe spiracle
- Bugscope Teammore brochs, this time on these sensors
- Studentok got it
- Studentthe hairs on my own arm are standing straight up right now
- Guestthis is kind of cool, what is it?
- StudentIs that hair on those limbs?
Bugscope Teamthe 'hairs' are called setae, and some are mechanosensory, some are chemosensory, some are thermosensory...
- Studentplease pass control to kmk
- Bugscope Teamcavity
- StudentWhy does a bee die when it stings you, but a wasp can keep on stinging? It's hardly fair.
Bugscope TeamThe barb on the end of the bee's stinger gets caught in your skin. It's actually more effective, because the poison gland comes too... and keeps on pumping venom into you.
- Bugscope Teampollen!
- GuestHow much do one of those scopes cost?
Bugscope Teamabout $600,000, and the service contracts are $35,000/year
- 8:27 pm
- Studentwell thats not very nice
- StudentSo... are wasps less venomous than bees?
Bugscope TeamEh, depends on the insect. There are some very nasty wasps.
- StudentIs it true Lady Bugs bite?
Bugscope TeamThey do. It's not painful, but it is annoying.
- Studentcan you have these sessions in spanish?
Bugscope Teamoui, I mean si. none of us are fluent enough in other languages
- Guestthats my kinda bee
- GuestSilly bugs...
- Guesthow do I get into sellign these things?
Bugscope Teamthat is how you make money in science, in this business
- Guestis that yellow stuff ladybugs leave on you, pee? serious question...
Bugscope TeamHa! Good question. No, it is actually blood. They defend themselves by bleeding on you - we call it "reflex bleeding." It's a little weird.
- Studentstingless bees, you mean like honey bees and alfalfa bees, or no?
Bugscope TeamHoney bees are not stingless, they definitely can hurt! I am not sure if alfalfa bees sting, but they are a different group called the leaf cutter bees.
- GuestKaila...u would
- Studentthats sad!
- StudentI feel bad now
- Studentblood is a defense reaction? how sad!
- Guestdoes it hurt them when they BLEED?
Bugscope TeamI'm not sure! I imagine if they are losing too much blood, they'll stop bleeding.
- StudentDo bugs even "feel" pain?
Bugscope TeamThey have an aversive response to injury, but I think whether it is "pain" as we know it is something for philosophers to answer.
- StudentWhat is the purpose of reflex bleeding, is it voluntary?
- GuestFair enough rob
- Studentidk.. sound painful when i stomp on giant stink beetles
- Bugscope TeamKait is the commander now.
- GuestCommander Kait
- StudentAre there tests done on bugs to know what they are feeling? Like test s done on humans
Bugscope TeamNot sure how much work is done on this. But a professor down the hall just published a study on the effects of cocaine on honey bees. Sounds a little silly, but it's actually useful to help understand how cocaine works on a cellular level.
- Studentthatw ould be pretty cool..
- 8:32 pm
- Guestwhat is it?
- Studentwow.. intense
- GuestAlright...whats this business
- StudentSo in your opinions what was the coolest bug you've ever put on here guys?
- Studentyeah.. which ones get the most EW reposne?
- Guestso are we gonna start seeing some bees on TLC's Intervention
- StudentHAHA! too funny, Kris
- Studenti would watch that episode for sure!
- Studenthow was that tested to know they don't like their smell?
Bugscope TeamI don't know the specifics of their study, but often they give insects a choice to move in a direction towards a smell, and a direction towards clean air, and see what happens.
- Studentyo tambien!
- StudentDo those two sides clamp close?
- StudentLike it grabs things with those two sides??
Bugscope Teammight, not sure about this -- it is probably shrunken a bit from the way it is in real life -- it helps the leafhopper stick to things
- GuestAlright...so I believe the guyintheclass would like to be King for awhile....
- GuestSome sad bee had it all. Money, cars and a fabulous house. Suddenly some jerk scientist force him to do some blow and now he lives in an alley and sells his plasma for drug money.
- Guesthand him the controls
- StudentSo would the cocaine help them find their hives or make them get more lost?
Bugscope TeamI believe it made them think the nutrient content of the food was higher than it actually was.
- GuestSorry Ladies...ill probably regret that later...no man should have total control...haha
- Bugscope Teammale driver now watch out
- Studenthaha well let him g et a little confidence boost ;)
Bugscope Teamand then smack him down
- Bugscope TeamBest part about the bee cocaine study was that the bees danced more when they were on cocaine.
- GuestI dont need directions
- StudentToo funny
- 8:38 pm
- Bugscope TeamIf you don't know, bees have a dance 'language' which is how they tell other bees where pollen and nectar is.
- Studentnooo that would be internet bullying
- StudentWhat does a bee dance look like?
Bugscope TeamIt's usually a figure-eight with some wiggling in the middle. They actually call it the 'waggle dance.'
- GuestDancing bees...its like the bee movie
- Studentthat is awesome!
- Bugscope Teamthis is a mite!
- Studentwhat if they dance too fast?
- Studentlove that bee movie
- Studentcan they overdoes?
- Bugscope Teamtake the mag down (lower) and you can see where it is
- Studentwhere did they get the cocaine?
Bugscope TeamThat, I don't know. Probably took mountains of government permits and red tape. ;)
- Studentooo - the crunchy, creme-filled kind!
- GuestI like how the future teachers are asking about drugs..way to go guys
- Bugscope TeamSo mites like these aren't insects - the adults have eight legs instead of six.
- StudentWhat is on it?
- Bugscope TeamBut often times they will ride around on insects and use them as taxis.
- Studentwas it EATING the wasp leg?
- StudentWhat kind of mite?
- Studentbecause of the segmented laegs?
Bugscope TeamIt's actually the number of legs - eight - that puts them in this group.
- Studentwhat exactly is a mite
- Studentthey are? wow..
- Guestmites creep me out...they remind me of horror movies crawling on people. *barf*
- GuestWho wnats it. With great power comes great responsibility and I can't handle it. I'm over stimulated
- Studentso they're not necessarily related to spiders, they jsut have 8 legs
Bugscope TeamWell, specifically - there is the order, Arachnida, and then different suborders. One is Araneae, which has spiders. Another is Acari, which has mites.
- GuestGive control to Jane
- GuestShiloh...subtle but helarious
- Bugscope Teammany mites do not have eyes
- Guestso do they use their other senses to move?
- GuestRob u know everything. Whats the meaning of life?
Bugscope TeamCollecting bugs!
- 8:43 pm
- Studentmy eyebrows are starting to itch. I think the mites are starting to wake up.
- StudentHow many hours per week do you all do this?
Bugscope Teammaybe 8 to 10
- Studentthis is really neat! very special opportunity for students!'
- TeacherWhere does your funding come from?
Bugscope Teamwe cover this, but sometimes people like Bugscope -- the idea -- and give us grants
- Studentwow thats hardly any
Bugscope Teamour normal jobs, here, are to keep a lot of microscopes running, and to train grad students and postdocs, mostly, to use them to do their research
- StudentOff shoot off Kaila's question... what other kinds of senses do bugs have? Do they have different senses?
Bugscope TeamThey've got every sense you do - taste, touch, smell, vision, and hearing.
- Studenti once collected roly-pollys, does that count?
Bugscope TeamSure! They're still arthropods. But yet another group. They are called "Isopods."
- GuestWhat is the most interesting bug you have ever viewed, Rob?
Bugscope TeamThat's tough. I have a bad memory for what I've seen on here. That fly we saw at the very beginning was pretty sweet.
- TeacherBy "we cover this
- Bugscope TeamAlthough the Isopods are crustaceans, like crabs, so pretty far down the evolutionary road.
- Studentwow, that's interesting! thanks
- GuestDarwin was on to something
- Studentneat! busy busy!
- GuestRandom question...I have a pink bar accross my screen that says please wait while that command executes... How do I make that go away?
Bugscope Teamhit F5 and see if that helps
- Teacherdo you mean UIUC? NSF?
Bugscope Teamoriginally the 'scope was funded by NSF, and we got money for the first server from IBM, and we got money from the Lumpkin Foundation, whose funds come from being a local telecom company
- Studentwhat is that?
- StudentPlease transfer controls to Erin
- Studentwhat is this?
- Bugscope TeamWhat we're looking at now are more insect legs.
- GuestSCOT IS THE MAN!
- Guestagreed...scots totally the man!
- Studentboth sides of this are legs?
- Bugscope TeamIf you look at the leg on the right - you can see claws popping out like horns, and then pads on the bottom. The claws are for holding on to rough surfaces, the pads for smooth.
- StudentNo he's the Bomb!! Woot Woot!!
- 8:48 pm
- StudentI wish I could hold onto things like bugs
- Studentwhat kind of legs are they? wwhat do they belong to?
Bugscope TeamThe preset says a fly, so I'll go with that. :)
- StudentErin is ready for the controls
- TeacherDo you think it will always be free for teachers?
- Studentoh sorry! haha
- GuestOnce again Rob delivers another answer.Amazing
Bugscope TeamI had a lot of help from the preset name. Insect legs look all the same to me.
- Studentgo Rob!
- StudentNo wonder it hurts!
- Studentso each one of those sections has venom? or just the whole thing?
- Studentwhat are stingers made of?
Bugscope TeamThey're made of chitin, like the rest of the insect exoskeleton.
- TeacherAlso, could you remind me how to access the pictures and dialog for posterity?
- GuestJust take the compliment Rob.
Bugscope TeamHaha. All right, thanks.
- GuestBye Scot...and Rob...Scots still my favorite...but Robs a stud too.
- Guestbye guys!!! :] you guys rock my socks. period.
- StudentThanks so much guys, this was awesome!
- Bugscope TeamBye, guys!
- Bugscope Teamhttp://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2009-092/
- Studentthis is cool, thanks for your expertise!!
- StudentThank you!
- Studentthanks so much for doing this for us! and for putting up with our overwhelming chatter =)
- Bugscope TeamThanks for the questions! There were a lot of good ones.
- Bugscope TeamThank You! Thanks, Kait..
- StudentThank you so much for this experience.. i hate bugs but this was awesome!
- StudentThank you so much! I am definitely coming back here at some point later!
- Studentthis is pretty sweet...even though i really am grossed out by bugs thanks for sharing
- Bugscope TeamYay. this is so much fun for us.
- StudentThanks for everything! Does
- 8:53 pm
- StudentThank you!
- GuestWell I dont know about all of you but I think somethign like this could prove to be extremely beneficial to the classroom.
- Studenti concur lol
- GuestBYE ROB. ILL MISS YOU
- StudentScott, Rob, Alberto, and of course Cate - thank you!!
- Student Thanks again!!
- GuestTHE GUY IS A CREEP!!!!
- Guestrob, sorry for our creeper guy...the only one in class
- Studentwatch out!
- GuestYou should honestly hear him right now..
- Studentadios! Thank you!
- Bugscope TeamHeh, you guys are crazy. ;) Have a great evening!
- Bugscope TeamBye!
- Studentthank you all. ya theguyintheclass should logout just about...now! ;)
- Guestalright...bye Scot! bye Rob!
- TeacherThanks again... Lisa :)
- Bugscope TeamOver and out. Taking the system down. Thank you!
- Studentjust to clarify : This session are not in spanish?
Bugscope TeamPetra I am sorry but we just need someone who can speak Spanish and be able to describe the science as well.
- 8:59 pm
- Bugscope Teamlo siento
- Studentokay Gracias
- Bugscope Teammaybe in the future....
- Bugscope TeamGood night!