Connected on 2010-03-24 09:00:00
from Listonburg, PA, US
- 7:57 am
- Bugscope Teamsample is done coating will be in in a minute...
- Bugscope Teampumping down
- 8:08 am
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- Bugscope TeamWe are ready to roll...
- 9:01 am
- Bugscope Teamgood morning, Buddy!
- Bugscope TeamWhere are you from?
- Bugscope TeamNorth Carolina?
- Bugscope TeamCool!
- Guestwe are in kindergarten:)
- Bugscope TeamWe are waiting for today's school, in Pennsylvania , to log in.
- Bugscope Teamyou can have control of the scope until our school logs in if you want
- Bugscope Teamthese are some of the fine setae on the antenna of a beetle
- Guestthank you!
- Bugscope Teamyou can change the mag, choose from among the presets, change focus, click to center, click to drive (meaning you must also single click to stop)...
- Guestwe have just received some technology funding, so we are exploring the web with our smart board!
- Bugscope Teamthe presets are kind of like thumbnails -- they take you to that place on the stub
- Bugscope Teamnice!
- Bugscope Teamsmart boards are pretty popular
- Guestwe are really enjoying ours
- Bugscope Teamlooks like there may be some brochosomes on the one seta in the middle here
- 9:06 am
- Bugscope Teambrochosomes are nanoparticles that are produced by leafhoppers but often show up on other insects
- Bugscope Teamthey are about 500nm big
- Bugscope Teama flea!
- Bugscope Teamit has some cotton ball stuff around it
- Bugscope Teamthe fiirst pointy thing coming down from the tip of its head is a palp that helps it smell where it is going to bite
- Bugscope Teamthe second pointy thing, to the left of the first, is what the flea bites with
- 9:11 am
- Bugscope Teamin the background we see doublestick carbon tape, and there is a bubble in it above the flea
- Guestare those hairs we see on the flea
Bugscope Teamthey are called 'setae'
- Bugscope Teamyes there are hairs on it
- Bugscope Teamwhen we first see insects and similar arthropods like spiders up close, it is surprising to see so many 'hairs'
- Bugscope Teamthis is a kind of fruit fly, and it has little bristles between the facets of most of its eye
- Bugscope Teamthe little bristles sense the windspeed and direction and help the fruit fly orient itself in the air
- Bugscope Teamyou can see its compound eyes on the sides of its head, and you can see its antennae at the top of the head
- GuestWhat do we see extending from the top of the fly's head? Are those longer bristles?
- Bugscope Teamthose are the tips of the antennae
- 9:17 am
- Bugscope Teamthis little fly also has palps above its mouth, kind of hard to see
- Bugscope Teamthe antennae have a thick pad base and then those little branch-like extensions
- Bugscope TeamGood morning, Curious!
- GuestGood Morning
- Bugscope TeamWhere are you logging in from?
- Bugscope Teamthis is the eye of a moth, and you can see loose scales on it
- Bugscope Teamthe scales are from the wings and other parts of the body of the moth
- GuestI am with a company in Pittsburgh that does professional development for teachers in science and math. One of our members pointed me to your site!
- Guestour class thinks it looks like a snake's skin!
Bugscope Teamyes those are the facets of the compound eye -- each is its own lens. they are called ommatidia.
- Bugscope TeamCool. We are s'posed to be connecting with a school in PA but they have not logged in yeet.
- GuestIt does look like a snake skin.
- Bugscope Teamoops 'yet'
- Bugscope Teamnow we see the whole head
- GuestWe work with many schools in PA...maybe it is one of our schools.
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the compound eyes on either side of the palps, and the curly thing is the proboscis, which the moth uses to feed with
- 9:22 am
- Bugscope TeamCurious this is the Turkeyfoot school district. I called and left a message with our teacher.
- GuestThis is a great resource for our teachers. great opportunities to use process skills
- GuestThis is our favorite picture. Does the proboscis straighten out when it feeds?
Bugscope Teamyes, it will fill up with hemolymph, or bug blood, when it wants to extend it
- Bugscope Teamit is a lot of fun for us. students can log in as well if they are in a computer lab, for example. and we can give the students control of the microscope
- Bugscope Teamthe proboscis extends forward like one of those party favors on New Years' Eve
- GuestDoes it use it's own blood, or another insect's?
Bugscope Teamit uses its own blood
- Bugscope Teamyou can see part of its antenna to the right
- Bugscope Teamthey don't eat other insects -- they drink things like nectar, using the proboscis like a straw
- Bugscope TeamCurious we are lucky that Buddy and his kindergarten class in North Carolina got on this morning to test our their smartboard.
- GuestThank you for answering our questions! We have really enjoyed it and will visit again soon.
- Bugscope TeamThank you for connecting, Buddy!
- 9:27 am
- Bugscope TeamCurious if you would like we will give you control of the microscope.
- Bugscope Teamyou have control now...
- Guestooh thanks
- 9:32 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is the abdomen
- Bugscope Teamif you get to a place that is not interesting, go ahead and click on a preset
- Bugscope TeamI just got through to our teacher, and both she and her technology coordinator will be on around 11 their time.
- Guestthis is really interesting
- Bugscope Teamwe often have a second hour built into the session in case there is a time zone problem
- Guestone of the universities here is hoping to get grant funding to develop a very small electron scanning microscope for classrooms
- Bugscope TeamCurious if you click on the micron bar in the lower left corner of the screen you will open a display that show some of the parameters
- Guestso the only input is text?
- Bugscope Teamthere are very small electron microscopes now
- Bugscope Teamlike the FEI Phenom
- Guestreally? They made it osund as if the smaller size was novel. they want theirs to be less than 8 inches
Bugscope Teamour electron microscope is huge in comparison and will also get much better resolution
- Bugscope Teamhi mrs barlow
- 9:39 am
- Guestthank you Scot for the test drive...and the additional information about smaller scopes
Bugscope TeamThank you, Curious!
- Bugscope TeamMrs Barlow you have control of the microscope as soon as you want. We are glad to see you!
- 9:45 am
- Bugscope TeamHi Becky!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- StudentHello Scot, this is Mrs. Barlow. Where are the controls for the microscope at on the page.
- Bugscope TeamBecky we are going to give you control of the microscope since Mrs Barlow is greyed out for some reason.
- Bugscope TeamHeh
- Bugscope Teamthere you are!
- Bugscope TeamOnly one person can have control at a time, so you have it now.
- StudentGreat I see them. I will practice in a minute. Now that I have this running I will send for the students.
- Bugscope Teamwe can confer control to whomever you wish, or you can keep control the whole time.
- 9:52 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is a beetle, and I have been driving around looking at it
- Bugscope Teamthis right now is a moth or butterfly scale
- StudentCan I run the controls now?
- Bugscope Teamyou should need to click only once rather then twice to get a control to work
- Bugscope Teamyes
- 9:57 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is a single scale- it's the same powdery stuff that comes off their wings
- Bugscope Teamif you use click to drive, click once to go in a particular direction, depending on where the cursor is on the screen
- Bugscope Team and click once to stop
- Bugscope Teamthese are the mouthparts of the beetle and we are sorry there are a few beetles in here we did not recognize
- Bugscope Teamcool!
- StudentWhat is this?
- Bugscope Teamthat is the ball-and-socket joint that connects the antenna to the head, and one of the compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamthe bumpy part is a compound eye
- Bugscope Teamthe hexagonal facets are called ommatidia, and each is a lens
- Bugscope Teamthere are also a lot of setae, or insect hairs, all over
- StudentWe are zooming to see the eye closer. This is soo neat!
- Bugscope Teamwhen you focus, the focus will be up or down
- Bugscope Teamso if it gets worse, go the other way
- Bugscope Teamit goes in little steps...
- 10:02 am
- Bugscope Teamif you had compound eyes you would likely have better peripheral vision
- Bugscope Teamand you would also have a better ability to see motion
- Bugscope Teamthere is some kind of film on this compound eye
- Bugscope Teamit might have gotten on there after the beetle died
- Bugscope TeamMrs M be sure to select from among the presets if you want to go somewhere else.
- StudentOk, this is the REAL Becky =)
- Bugscope TeamHi Becky!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamlet us know as soon as you have questions about anything
- StudentMy class wants to know if you are a professor or a student
- Bugscope TeamCate and I are here to help; Chaos is the control computer and not very helpful at answering questions.
- Bugscope TeamCate and I are both electron microscopists.
- 10:07 am
- Bugscope TeamCate has a physics degree, and when she is not doing this she trains researchers -- grad students and postdoctoral researchers -- to run the electron microscopes, and also to prep their samples.
- StudentDo you know what these beetles eat?
Bugscope Teamnot specifically no. We aren't sure what type it is, but most beetles can eat just about anything- other insects, decaying matter
- StudentCould we have multiple computer logged on at once?
Bugscope Teamyes you can, it can actually be easier on you and more fun for everyone else
- Bugscope Teamthis is an interesting beetle, too. it looks superficially like a roach, but it has these kind of specialize mouthparts with the little filtering setae on them
- StudentBye Scot and Cate! My friend Rachel is going to drive next =)
- Bugscope Teamok cool
- StudentHi Scot & Cate! This is Rachel!
- 10:13 am
- Bugscope TeamHi Rachel!
- Bugscope Teamthese are the cercopods -- the pincers -- of a female earwig
- Bugscope Teamthey are also called cerci
- Bugscope Teamthose of a female are straight, like these, and those of a male are curved
- Bugscope Teamthis is a kind of fruit fly
- Studentthis is so awesome!
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the compound eyes on either side of the head, and the mouthparts
- Bugscope Teamand now we see some of the legs
- Bugscope Teamthe segments at the end of an arm, or leg, are called tarsi
- StudentWhat is the purpose for the hair on the legs?
Bugscope Teaminsects and other arthropods use the hair (setae) to help them gather information about their environment
- 10:19 am
- StudentCan you look at anything other than insects?
Bugscope Teamwe can, we just dont do it often. Kids like the gross out factor of insects the most, and also when they dry out they don't change too much in how they look.
Bugscope Teamwe look at lots of other things here in the lab, but other samples often require specific knowledge about their function, whereas insects/arthropods just kind of make sense.
- Bugscope Teambecause they do not have skin, with nerve endings in it -- they have an exoskeleton instead -- they use the setae to sense smell, hot/cold, touch...
- Studenthi Scot
Bugscope TeamHi Seth!
- Bugscope TeamHere we have salt, which is a noninsect example
- Studentahh ok
- Bugscope Teamwow everyone is coming on now!]
- Bugscope Teamcool
- Bugscope Teamthis is salt from a Wendy's restaurant
- StudentThats cool.
- StudentHow does the salt get with the insect?
Bugscope TeamCate put the salt on separately.
- Studentso salt is actually a bunch of squares???
Bugscope Teamyes it is, and compared to sugar crystals, especially -- sugar is not square, or cubic
- Bugscope Teamit is cubic, like sodium chloride crystals are, but it has this incised pattern
- Studenthay this is kellie
- Studentcan you give control to seth? my teacher wants to know...
Bugscope TeamSeth has control now.
- StudentOkay, so are we able to look at spiders too? or is it just certain insects?
Bugscope Teamwe can look at spiders too! sometimes they pop in the 'scope and shut the vacuum down temporarily
Bugscope Teamoh yeah we can look at other things like that, arthropods
- StudentOh okay
- StudentHello we are Kailee, Alysha, and Pam= KAP
Bugscope TeamCool: KAP!
- StudentWhat all do you have slides of?
Bugscope Teamthis is a single 1.75-inch-diameter stub that Cate made yesterday using the insects you sent plus a few more.
- 10:24 am
- StudentWhat is the most complex slides to look at?
Bugscope Teamthe fruit fly preset is pretty cool
- StudentCan we look at one that we sent?
- StudentOK, thanks
- Bugscope Teamyou sent the ladybug which is pretty cool and the house fly and true bug
- StudentSo, when you look at something is it dead or alive????
Bugscope Teamthey are all dead and dried out
- StudentCan we see the True Bug
Bugscope Teamthe person who is driving can select the presets for the ladybugs: nos. 9 and 10
- Bugscope Teamclick to stop, and go to a lower mag if you do not see anything
- Bugscope Teamoops the True Bug: preset 8
- StudentThank YOu
- Studentdo you have a praying mantis?
Bugscope Teamnot today -- if you go to the Bugscope website after this session -- anytime -- you can search for a praying mantis
- StudentAre those eyes?
Bugscope Teamyes! those are eyes, and in the center is the proboscis
- StudentHow large is the true bug in reality?
Bugscope Teami think it was around an inch and a half or so
- 10:29 am
- StudentSo if i stick a bug in the freezer, and then let it air dry.. will it dry out?
Bugscope Teamyes. that's how we usually put our insects to sleep
- Studentapproximately how many people view bugs on this website each year?
Bugscope Teamwell...we usually do 3 sessions a week with maybe around 20 kids a session
- Studentto sleep?
Bugscope Teamsort of permanent sleep. but some will wake up, surprisingly
Bugscope Teamour humane way of killing
- Studentcan you plz pass control to megan,kristie,tara
- Studentwhat makes them wake up? A will to live?
Bugscope Teamsome insects have a built-in antifreeze -- often some of the ants, for example. so once they are warm again they get up and start cruising around
- Studentthank you
- Studentso if they wake up what do you do with them release them or stick them back in the freezer for longer??
Bugscope Teamyeah we just wait longer and that usually does the trick
- Studentwell you've got about 30 kids in this session
Bugscope Teamvery cool!
- Bugscope Teamthis is the abdomen, and that is one of the claws
- StudentWhat is a proboscis
Bugscope Teamthat is the extended mouth, and sometimes it means 'nose,' of course, like in an elephant. The trunk is a proboscis.
- Studentbugs have claws?
Bugscope Teamyes they have claws per each leg (unless we handled them a little roughly and they happen to be missing some legs)
- Studentwhat is this claw used for?
- StudentIs there a certain size bug you can veiw or is it all sizes?
- Bugscope Teamin insects it is the piercing mouthparts, often
- StudentThat is awesome! I never knew that.
- 10:35 am
- StudentCan we look at the ladybug?
Bugscope TeamI think we were just looking at the elytra of the ladybug
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that the tip of this true bug's proboscis leaked some juju -- something it was drinking, perhaps
- StudentOh okay
- StudentCan you switch the control to maddie&ali?
Bugscope Teamgot it
- StudentWhats the elytra?
Bugscope Teamthe elytra is the shell on the back of the insect -- like a beetle -- that covers the wings
- StudentWhat is the elytra?
Bugscope Teamit's the part of the back that covered the wings. You see it easily when a ladybug is flying, the elytra will expand out
- StudentAre we able too Look at all sizes of bugs? like are you able to look at big spiders like trantula's?
- StudentSo the specimens still have food in them. I never thought of that=D
- Studentwhats that?
- Bugscope Teamclick once to drive and once to stop
- Studentabout how many bugs do you do this procees to in a day?
Bugscope Teamwe run maybe three sessions a week, and there are often 10 or 15 critters
- Bugscope Teamthis is the mosquito
- Bugscope Teamoops not now -- this is the little wasp
- StudentHow long is a wasp's life span?
Bugscope Teamit depends on the wasp species, but usually a few months
- Studentthe eyeballs are really cool!
Bugscope Teamyeah they are
- 10:40 am
- StudentWill you switch control to Jay please?
Bugscope Teamjay has control
- Studentwhat is the difference between a wasp and a yellow jacket?
Bugscope Teama wasp is a type of yellow jacket
- Bugscope TeamMaddie&Ali you can click to stop....
- Bugscope Teamand you can click on a preset to go to a new place
- Studentcan you look at bigger insects like trantulas?
Bugscope Teamsorry we did not get to answer that earlier. we can look at parts of tarantulas, but they are so big we cannot put the whole dude, or dudette, in the 'scope.
- Bugscope Teamit is a single click to stop
- StudentWhat are we looking at now? Are we in gray space?
Bugscope Teamthis is carbon tape that we use to help stick the bugs on the stage
- StudentThank You!!!
- StudentOk what Insect is this?
- Studentcouldnt you make a bigger scope or lense to view larger organisms?
Bugscope Teamwe could have a bigger 'scope but it would be more expensive and take longer to pump down. also, larger chambered 'scopes often do not have as good resolution as this one
- Studentits cool thanks for answering DuDe :D
- Bugscope Teamtarantulas have what are called 'urticating hairs' that they release when you bother them. they get in your nose and make you want to get away
- Studentwhats urticating hair?
Bugscope Teamit's hair that makes you itchy
- StudentBye Scot and Cate! Thank You.
Bugscope Teambye! thanks for driving the scope today
- StudentI will never look at a bug the same again ;) Good bye and thanks
- Studentbye scot! it was so awesome getting to talk to you! thanks! and cate! =]
Bugscope TeamThank you! See you next year!
- Bugscope Teamgo to your member page at anytime (http://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2009-153/) to look at your images and transcript from today
- 10:45 am
- Studentthanks for letting us veiw these amazing insects its been a life experience thanks and good bye
- Studentoh and give controls to becky
- StudentThis is Mrs. B again. A couple of students are still here, but they will be leaving soon for lunch.
- Bugscope TeamFine to take a few a little more time if you want.
- StudentThis is so neat. I feel bad we weren't more organized, but the experience was very educational.
- Bugscope Teamthe transcript of this session will have a few visitors on it, from earlier
- Bugscope Teamand we will be glad to work with you next year
- Bugscope Teamit is a lot of fun for us
- Bugscope Teamthese are another kind of hair (setae) whose purpose is helping the insect climb vertical surfaces
- Bugscope Teamthe setae are sticky -- called 'tenent' setae
- StudentThat is fine. Thank you for calling and allowing the extra time. We will be more prepared. Our tech person is not here today, so I am relieved we could even do this. We will definitely sign up again.
- Bugscope TeamCool!
- Bugscope TeamSee you figured it out without your tech person. That makes us happy.
- Bugscope Teamin the old days it was not so easy, sometimes
- StudentI must leave for duty, but I will be sure to complete the follow up survey. You guys are great. What a wonderful program.
- 10:50 am
- Bugscope Teamthank you!
- Bugscope TeamBye!
- StudentThank you!! Bye!!