Connected on 2011-06-15 10:00:00
from Harris, Texas, United States
- 9:07 am
- Bugscope Teamalmost pumped down...
- Bugscope Teamwe will start making presets in a sec
- 9:13 am
- 9:19 am
- 9:24 am
- 9:29 am
- 9:35 am
- TeacherHi, I am logging on for our younger campers --- 5 and 6 year olds. The teachers plan on having them in two groups.
- TeacherThey may not take the entire hour and a half because of their attention span. :)
- 9:41 am
- Bugscope Teamok sounds good
- 9:55 am
- TeacherFYI they may be a little late they are pond dipping right now but I am off to get them.
- Bugscope Teamok we will be here
- 10:00 am
- TeacherThey should be arriving in about 15 minutes. Thanks so much!
- 10:11 am
- Bugscope Teamlet us know if you have any questions, but I'm sure you will be fine
- TeacherHi! We're here :)
- Bugscope Teamhi everyone!
- TeacherCharlotte asks "what is it?"
Bugscope Teamthis is a caddisfly larva head. These live in the water
- Bugscope Teamthey eat other insects, and can breathe in the water. the adult version of these can fly
- TeacherJacob asks "what is the fuzz in the mouth for?"
Bugscope Teamit does have a fuzzy mouth. There are hairs in there, maybe to help keep out things it doesn't want to eat
- Bugscope Teamlike dirt
- 10:18 am
- TeacherEmilia asks "why is it covered in hair?'
Bugscope Teamthe hairs help it feel what is going on around it. They dont have sensitive skin like we do. Their 'skin' is more like a suit of armor. The hairs are connected to nerves underneath that allow it to feel or taste/smell
- TeacherBryan asks "where are the eyes?"
Bugscope Teamusually if there are eyes on a larva, they are very simple and don't see well. This larva doesn't have any at all!
- Teachercool! no eyes!
- Bugscope Teamthey probably wait for insects to hit it, and then it snatches it and tastes it to see if the insect it grabbed is what it wants. That is only a guess on my part though
- Bugscope Teamspiders have simple eyes as well that they don't see well out. They mostly feel for vibrations in their web
- Bugscope Teamthis is a spiracle. It is a breathing hole. they don't breathe out of their mouths like we do
- 10:24 am
- TeacherIs this where the smell comes from?
Bugscope Teamno, stink bugs actually don't like their stinky smell, so it wouldn't be anywhere they would breath most likely. The little hairs in the hole are kind of like nose hairs- they keep out unwanted particles
- Bugscope Teamhere is a junebug with some aphids stuck to its face
- 10:30 am
- Bugscope Teamthey have some clubbed antennae- they look like putters for mini golf
- TeacherFinn says "it looks like an alien!"
Bugscope Teamyes there are some very alien looking insects
- Bugscope Teamthese can be found all over fruit trees in the summer
- 10:37 am
- Bugscope Teamthese are thought to produce the smell
- Teacherwhat kind of chemical comes from the glands?
Bugscope Teamthere are 2 aldehydes that separately are used in the food industry to add flavor and aroma to products! But together when emitted from the stink bug will give a powerfully bad odor
- TeacherAli says "YUCK!"
- 10:43 am
- Bugscope Teamthese are individual scales from a moth wing. They are the same soft powder that comes off when you rub their wings
- TeacherIs this from the wing?
- Bugscope Teamhere is a fruit fly. They kind of look like they are wearing gas masks.
- Teacherroars of laughter from the class on this one! We like him!
- Bugscope Teamthe eyes are the bulging parts on the side of the head. The top of the head has those furry pads- those are the antennae. The mouth is the part in the lower part of the image
- TeacherAre there hairs on his eyes?
Bugscope Teamyes there are. The hairs on the eyes are responsible for helping tell the fly the direction of the wind currents so it can fly better
- 10:50 am
- Bugscope Teamhere is a mosquito. the eyes are the parts that cover almost the entire head!
- Bugscope TeamThe long thing is the part that bites into you
- Teacherwow! Scott says "it looks like little seed things on it."
Bugscope Teamthose are scales if we are looking at the same things
- Teacherthey look like seeds with hairs coming off of them
Bugscope Teamyeah there are scales and hairs on their bodies
- 10:55 am
- Teacherthank you so much Ms Cate!!! I think I've surpassed the attention span of 5 & 6 yr olds :)
- TeacherWe have had so much fun looking through your microscope!!!
- Bugscope Teamheh ok. Thanks for using Bugscope this morning. Will there be any more groups today?
- Teacher1 sec, let me check
- TeacherNope, we are it. No more groups today.
- TeacherThanks again.
- Bugscope Teamthanks for all the great questions
- Bugscope Teamand commentary :)
- Bugscope Teamchat and images can be found on your member page: https://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2011-011