Connected on 2010-05-06 10:00:00
from Fairfax, VA, US
- 9:53 am
- Bugscope Teampresets are done and session is unlocked!
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready to go!
- 10:08 am
- Bugscope Teamyep
- 10:14 am
- Bugscope Teamkk
- Bugscope Teamready to roll!
- 10:20 am
- Bugscope TeamYay Erin!
- Bugscope Teamwelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamwelcome to bugscope
- Bugscope Teamthis is a moth
- Bugscope Teamand you can see its eyes are hairy
- Bugscope TeamHi Mereck!
- Bugscope Teamyou can drive around here, and you can also choose from among the presets
- Bugscope Teamonly erin can drive right now -- only one person can drive at a time
- Bugscope Teamso let us know if someone else would like to have control of the microscope
- Teacherwhat is that thing
Bugscope Teamto the left is a moth proboscis that extends so that it can drink nectar
- Bugscope Teamclick to center, we should tell you, is easier that click to drive
- TeacherWhat bug is this
Bugscope Teamthis is a moth
- Teacheri dont know
- TeacherWhat part of the moth is this?
Bugscope Teamwe are at the mouth area
- Bugscope Teamto the right we see one of the compound eyes, and you can make out the facets of the eye, called ommatidia
- Bugscope Teamthis is the front of the head
- Bugscope Teamif you take the mag down you can see where you are
- 10:25 am
- Bugscope Teamyou should also be able to see the presets, to the right of the chat box here. you can click on a preset to have the microscope drive to that area
- Bugscope Teamif you use click to drive, it is a single click, and then a single click to stop
- Bugscope Teamcan you see the presets, to the right?
- Bugscope Teamthis is the cricket
- Bugscope Teamif you take the mag down you can see where you are
- Bugscope Teamlike if you click on minus on the Magnify control
- Bugscope Teamoh! I was wrong!
- Bugscope Teamthis is the roly poly!
- Bugscope Teamthis is a roly poly/woodlouse/pillbug
- Bugscope Teamand we are looking a
- Bugscope Teamt its legs
- 10:31 am
- Bugscope Teamyou can see its antennae at the top, tucked in
- Bugscope Teambut now we are on the mouth area
- TeacherAre the eyes on the top
Bugscope Teamthe eyes are hard to see -- we may not be able to see them
- Teachervery cool
- Bugscope Teama roly poly isnt actually an insect. It's more closely related to a crab or lobster
- Bugscope Teamthat was me driving, trying to find the eyes
- Teacherlegs, I assume?
- Bugscope Teamroly polies are called 'isopods' because all of their legs are the same shape
- Bugscope Teamand they have maybe seven pairs of legs
- Bugscope Teamfruit fly
- Bugscope Teamnearing the edge of the world
- TeacherCan you tell us what this is- is this an eye?
- Bugscope Teamwe ran off the edge of the world and I brought us back to this spiracle
- Bugscope Teama spiracle is a breathing tube
- 10:36 am
- Bugscope Teamoops 'there' is what I meant to say
- Bugscope Teamthis is part of the wing of the moth
- Bugscope Teamit looks like shingles, but those are scales
- Bugscope Teamlike little feathers
- Bugscope Teaminsects, like moths and flies, have compound eyes- which are like lots of little eyes in one big eye
- Bugscope Teamplease try clicking on one of the presets
- TeacherThis almost looks like wood
- Bugscope Teamthis is so cool -- we have never seen an insect like this before
- Bugscope Teamwe are not even sure it is an insect
- Bugscope Teamthis twig looking thing is an insect
- Bugscope Teamit is attached to a much larger beetle
- Bugscope Teamit has little eyes, and you can see its antenna -- the head is to the right
- Teacherwill this mite suck the blood of the beetle.
Bugscope Teamwe are not sure! we took photos that we are sending to a mite person
- 10:42 am
- Teacherthis looks cool
Bugscope Teamyeah it is pretty radical, for us
- Teacherwhat is it doing
- Bugscope Teamit was either cruising around on this insect or it somehow feel on it
- Bugscope Teamthis is a parasitic wasp
- Teachernow thats small
- Bugscope Teamoften they will lay their eggs in caterpillars, and the eggs will hatch, and the larvae will eat their way out and turn into new wasps
- Bugscope Teamyes it is small
- TeacherWhat is the long tube
Bugscope Teamcoming down from the head, lower right? that is one of the antennae
- Bugscope Teamactually both antennae are there but they overlap
- TeacherThe tube that looks like it is coming out of the eye
- Bugscope Teamthe wasp is upside down. the antennae are coming out in the area between the 2 eyes
- Teacherwhat is that?
Bugscope Teamthe eye is to the left and the antenna is to the right
- Teachertell me
- Teacherall those circles
- 10:47 am
- Bugscope Teamas Cate said it is upside down
- Bugscope Teamwhoa cool
- TeacherIs that a tongue or a mouth
Bugscope Teamit is kind of like a tongue -- the sponging mouthparts
- Teacherhow many eyes does it have?
Bugscope Teamit has 2 big compound eyes and 3 smaller simple eyes called ocelli that we cant see here
- Teacher where are the antenas
Bugscope Teamthe 2 pads between the eyes are the antennae. These type of antennae are unique to flies
- Bugscope Teamfruit flies eat fungus that grow on fruit, and they use their mouthparts to sponge up what they want to eat -- actually they drink their food
- TeacherWhat are the circles on the side of the head
Bugscope Teamthose are the individual components, called ommatidia, of the compound eyes
- TeacherWhat is the area on the side of the heads that looks like a grid
Bugscope Teamthose are the compound eyes
- Studentdo u guys have a bee there
Bugscope Teamnot on this stub, today
- 10:52 am
- Bugscope Teamthe closest thing we have to a bee is the wasp we just saw
- TeacherDo you know what the ladybug is made out of
Bugscope Teamits shell is made of chitin, which is kind of like what our fingernails are made of
- Teacherwhat are the black spots yo
Bugscope Teamthey are black pigment on the elytra, which is what the shell on its back is called
- Teacherwhat are they for
Bugscope Teamthe spots may help the ladybugs recognize themselves, and they may highlight the red so that birds and other insects, and animals, can see them better
- Bugscope Teaminside the ladybug is muscle, and hemolymph, and its inner organs
- Bugscope Teamand its heart and tracheae
- Teacherthat bug is down right awesome and what those things on it's head....
Bugscope Teamit has palps -- mandibular and maxillary palps, which are mouthparts that help it eat and to taste its food
- Teacherwhat is the dot on its head?
Bugscope Teamthe big bump is it's compound eye. It has another that we can't see on the other side of the head
- TeacherDo you know why it is called the "assassin" bug head
Bugscope Teamthey attack other bugs and suck the juice out of them
- 10:57 am
- Teacherdown right cool
- TeacherWANT IS THAT!!!!!!
Bugscope Teamthis is on or near the head of the assassin bug
- TeacherWhat do these hairs help the bug do
Bugscope Teamthe hairs help the bug sense what is going on around it. They have a hard exoskeleton that makes it hard to feel things through (unlike our skin) so it has lots and lots of hairs to feel different things
- Teacherwhat are the dots
Bugscope Teamwe are not sure but they are likely chemosensors -- they likely help the assassin bug smell different scents
- Teacherwhat is the BIG circle
Bugscope Teamthe sort of oval thing looked like a mold spore
- Bugscope Teamsometimes the hairs (setae) are also chemosensory, and sometimes they are mechanosensory -- they sense touch or wind, and sometimes they are thermosensory, for hot and cold
- Teacherthis is what I call me a BUG!
- Teacherand what is this
- 11:02 am
- Teacherare those bones
Bugscope Teamthese are special hairs that allow the insect to walk on walls
- Studentyey are those bones
- Bugscope Teamsometimes, when the setae are very small, they are not sensory, but they form patterns that other insects recognize, and they also seem likely to trap air, which is helpful for achieving lift when the insect flies
- Teacherwhat is the BIG thang
Bugscope Teamlooks like a tiny pebble caught in those tenent setae
- Teachercan you tell us what a soldier beetle does
Bugscope Teamthis is a clip from Wikipedia about soldier beetle larvae: 'They consume grasshopper eggs, aphids, caterpillars and other soft bodied insects, most of which are pests.'
- Teacheris that cheez
- Studentthat is coolio
- Bugscope Teamsoldier beetles are pollinators that also eat aphids and other insects
- Teacherwhat is this?
- TeacherCan you take us to the wasp head again
- Bugscope Teamolder soldier beetles, as Cate said, eat aphids, which makes them popular with gardeners
- 11:07 am
- Teacherperfect picture.
- Studentwhat are the wings made out of
Bugscope Teamwings are made of chitin, it's the same stuff as our fingernails are made of
- Studenti know right erin
- Teacher:) what are the lines
- Bugscope Teamsorry the sample stage will not stop moving...
- Bugscope Teamcan you click once to stop, on the screen?
- Teacheris this skin
- Studentwhat is this part of the pic
- TeacherI am trying to get to the roly poly claw
- Teacherwhat is the line
- 11:12 am
- Studentwhat is that
- Teacherwhat is the hole
- Bugscope Teamthis, now, is one of the rolypoly claws
- Teacherlook at the claw!! just cool!!!
- Bugscope Teamand now we are on the fruit fly claw
- Teacherwhat is the hole
Bugscope Teamthe hole is where the unguitractor is that makes the claw work
- TeacherIs this the mouth
Bugscope Teamthis is a fruit fly claw
- Teacherwhat is the hair used for
Bugscope Teamthe hairs tell the insect what it is touching
- TeacherCan we feel these claws on our skin
Bugscope Teamthey are so very small you would hardly feel them
- Bugscope Teambecause insects do not have skin, they need to be able to sense things that they are touching or that are touching them, so they use setae, which look like hair to us
- Teachercan the claw hurt us humans?
Bugscope Teamno not these claws, but maybe claws from a bigger insect would hurt us
- TeacherWe have 3 more kids who just showed up
- Teachereeeeeekkkkkkk is that hair
- Teacherwhat is the claw used for
Bugscope Teamclaws are used to grasp things -- like we use our hands
- 11:17 am
- Teacherand is that EYES to
Bugscope Teamthe eyes of the moth, with the tongue coiled in between
- Teacherwhy is their hair on its eyes?
Bugscope Teamthe hair on the eyes is often sensory -- it lets the insect sense wind speed and direction, for example
- Teacherthank you
- Teacherbye dudes
- Bugscope TeamThank You!
- Bugscope Teamthanks for using bugscope with us
- 11:27 am