Connected on 2012-01-11 09:30:00
from , Virginia, United States
- 7:53 am
- Bugscope Teamventing chamber
- 8:00 am
- Bugscope Teamsample is now pumping down
- 8:14 am
- 8:19 am
- 8:31 am
- 8:37 am
- 8:45 am
- 8:50 am
- Bugscope Teamnow we are making the presets for today's session
- 8:56 am
- 9:10 am
- Bugscope Teamhello!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamPlease feel free to ask us questions about what you see. Is your teacher on?
- GuestWorking on getting our main screen up. The kids are on their machines. Are you ready for questions?
- Bugscope Teamyes we are!
- Bugscope Teamyes and we can give control to any of the students if you want
- Bugscope TeamMrs Palmer! Yay!
- Bugscope TeamMrs Palmer has control of the 'scope now.
- Guesthello this is chason
- GuestWhy do they look so bumpy?
- 9:15 am
- GuestOk so we want to know what the Cells are.
- Guestwhat bug is that?
Bugscope Teamthis is stargazer lily pollen we put in because we think it looks cool
- GuestHi, Madalyn and Ambe rhere
Bugscope Teamthese are pollen grains
- Guestwhat are the slits in the pollen
Bugscope Teamthe slits could be where they collapsed into themselves when they dried, or that could be where they open
- GuestWhy are they so powdery?
- Guestwhat is stargazer lily pollen
- Guesthey this is anthony and ethan.
Bugscope TeamHello Anthony and Ethan!
- GuestBut this is BUG scope
- GuestHey this is Katie
Bugscope TeamHi Katie!
- GuestwHAT ARE THOSE CRATER LOOKING THINGS ON THEM?
- Guestwhat are those vien type of things on the pollen
- GuestWhy does it apear to look like rice particals?
Bugscope Teamsome pollen is oval like this and does look like rice, in a way
- GuestHey this Brendan and Mark
- Guestwhat is in this picture ?
- Guestis the pollen on a bug?
Bugscope Teamthis is on the anther of a flower
- Guestwhat are the little bumps
Bugscope Teamthose bumps could be made of sticky stuff so that they can stick to things more easily for transportation
- Guestwhat are th dots behind then pollen grains
Bugscope TeamThat is probably dried nectar -- what attracts insects to flowers
- GuestI never knew pollen really looked like that
- GuestIs that a plant?
Bugscope Teamit's part of a plant
- GuestWhy do they look like coral?
- GuestCool what plant?
- Guestwhay do they look like they are in sections
- GuestWhy do they have like dents in them?
Bugscope Teamthe dents probably help give it a more solid structure
- Guestwhy is it hairy
- GuestWhy does it look furry
- GuestWhy is a fuzzy?
- Bugscope Teamthe part in focus is the stinger. There is also part of a wasp leg in the way
- GuestThat is absalutely amazing looking, What are those little monkey looking claw things on the top?
- Guestwhat part is the stinger
Bugscope Teamthe stinger is in the middle, pointed down; part of a limb is blocking our view of the tip
- GuestWhat is the thing in the background?
- Guestwhy is there hair and two sections ?
- Guestwhat are those lines in the stinger
- GuestWhy does it have hair on it?
Bugscope Teamsome of the very fine hairs help create a pattern other insects will recognize, and they likely help the insect thermostabilize
- GuestDoes it have fur/hair?
Bugscope Teamall insects have hair on them. We call the individual bug hairs seta (setae plural). They help the insect to feel what is going on around them. They are connected to nerves underneath their exoskeleton shells
- 9:20 am
- Guestwhat is the darker stuff aroud the edges of the stinger
Bugscope Teamthose are oils of some sort. Could be venom that dried on it
- Guestwhen did you know you wanted to do this
- Guestwhy is there an opening in the back?
- GuestWhat are thoese pointy things?
Bugscope Teamthey're spines or bristles -- setae -- that help the insect sense its environment
- GuestDo they have joints?
Bugscope Teamyes. If they didn't have joints/segments they wouldn't be able to move their body and limbs around very well
- GuestAre any of these our bugs?
- Guestare any of these are bugs?
- GuestHow much venom to they have in them
Bugscope Teamthey have enough that they can sting repeatedly before they have to wait for it to build up again
- Guestare any of these our bugs
- Guestwhat is the armor looking part
Bugscope Teamthat is a great way of putting it! insects have an exoskeleton, which is kind of like a shell, like armor.
- GuestDo they die when they sting somebody like bees
Bugscope Teamno they don't!
- GuestWhat is the armor looking things
Bugscope Teaminsect exoskeletons are like suits of armor. If you were wearing a suit of armor you wouldnt be able to feel anything. That's why they are covered in those hairs
- GuestAre any of these our bugs?
Bugscope TeamI'm not sure if we got bugs from you yet.
- Guestwhy is it a gap in the long pointy thing?
- GuestIs that a cacoon behind it ,or is that a part of its body, and if it is a part of the body, witch one?
Bugscope Teamthat is a folded wing, or two wings actually. wasps and bees have four wings
- Guestwhat are the dots on the head
- Guestthank you
- GuestWhy do some parts have hair and others don't?
Bugscope Teamsome parts, like the stinger, may not need hair. But areas around it do so they can still tell if they were able to sting their victims
- GuestWhy does there "armor" over lap?
Bugscope Teamit helps make them flexible
- Guestwhy does the arms look like bamboo sticks?
- Guestwhat kind of room are you guys in while you're putting the bugs under the microscope?
- Guestwhy does it have all those plates
Bugscope Teamthe plates allow it to move around.
- GuestWe mailed are bugs all the way back in september?!?!?
Bugscope Teamoh no! I wonder what I did with them
- Guestwhy is the head/exoskeleton sectioned in 2?
- GuestWhat is he leaf shaped thing with the spots
Bugscope Teamthat is actually two wings
- Guestwouldn't the legs help it move it around instead of the plates?
- Guesthow fast can the wasps fly
- Bugscope Teamit looks like your teacher is trying to go to another place and the 'scope is stuck -- can we help with that?
- Guestwhat are the nonfurry overlaping things?
- Bugscope Teamhere's a gross roach
- Guestwhy7 is it so flat
- GuestWhy does it have bacteria looking things on it?
- Guestwhy does it have spikes on its head and legs
- Guestwhere are the eyes?
Bugscope Teamthe eyes are right behind the antennae
- 9:25 am
- Guestdoes it have a nose
- Guestwhat are the long things coming from his head?
- GuestIs his "shell" really rough?
- GuestWhat are all the spots on theface?
- Guest what are the lines and bumps on its face?
Bugscope Teamthere's some dirt and other debris like scales from other insects on it
- GuestIs the antennaes sticking out the head the eyes?
Bugscope Teamthe eyes are behind the antennae and hard to see -- they are streamlined into the head
- Guestwhy are there spikes on there legs?
Bugscope Teamthose are like cat whiskers, allowing it to feel what's around it
- Guestwhy does it have a bunch of lines on it's antenae.
- Guestwhat are the spikes on its legs
- GuestWhy does it have bacteria looking things on it?
Bugscope Teamit has dirt on it for sure. we can see bacteria but not at this low mag
- Guestwhat are the spuikes on the l.egs
- GuestHave you been interested in bugs sense fifth grade
Bugscope Teammore and more
- GuestHow long did you go to college for your job?
- GuestIs he spikey?
- Guestwhat classes did you have to take to get your degree
Bugscope Teambiology and English were both helpful for me
- Guesthow long have you been intested in bugs?
- Guest So, how many years were you in college studying this subject?
Bugscope Teami went to college for 4 years, and I studied physics actually. I have been learning about insects since I joined Bugscope.
- Guestwhy does the head look like a triangle?
- GuestIs the bugs skin smooth or slimy
Bugscope Teamsmooth, but it doesn't look that way under the microscope does it
- Guestoh ok
- GuestHow was english helpful
Bugscope Teamit helps you understand etymology -- how words are put together, and thus what they mean
- GuestHow big is he?
- GuestAre you happy with your job, is it fun?
Bugscope Teamit is very fun. And we don't always look at bugs, but when we do there are so many different insects to see and learn about, that it never gets boring
- Guestcate how long have you be part of bugscope?
- Guestwhat is your favorite type of bug
- GuestWhat classes did you study for bugs in college?
- Guestwhat are those things that look like scratches on it's face?
- Guesthow many are replying
- Guestis that the shell in the background?
Bugscope Teamthe roach 'shell' is the part that runs around the head towards the bottom of the screen. The stuff behind that is carbon tape, which we use to stick the insects on
- Guestwhat is the most interesting bug you have had
- GuestWhat are the blobs on the eye
- Guestwhat is the black thing sitting on it?
- Guestwhat are the pokey things sticking out?
- GuestWhat is the most interesting bug you have seen?
Bugscope Teamlately it has been springtails, which are tiny and very cool to look at
- Guestsweet. why does it have like legs coming out of it's mouth?
Bugscope Teamthose are mouth parts. Palps are mouth parts that allow the insect to taste or move around food
- GuestWhat are the pointy things on it's eye?
- GuestRe the clumps germs
- Guestwhy are the hairs poking out?
Bugscope Teamthose help the earwig sense when something might be touching its eye
- 9:31 am
- Guestwhy does it look like cloth weaving in and out
- Guestdid you study latin for the bugs names
Bugscope TeamI did study latin and some greek, but not for bugscope. It is useful to know some of both though
- Guestcate how long have you be part of bugscope?
Bugscope TeamSince 2005!
- GuestWhat are the sticks like things poking out of the white bulges, and why is there dirt looking stuff on them?
Bugscope Teaminsects are often dirty, and once they die they cannot clean themselves, so it is not all the earwig's fault
- Guestwhat is the spot on the top right corner
- GuestIs that crust on it?
- GuestWhat are the spikes?
- Guestwhat are those bumps and spikes on its eye?
Bugscope Teamthe spikes are little hairs and the bumps are individual facets of the compound eye. They can each see an image
- GuestWhy does it have all those bumps on it?
Bugscope Teamthose are the individual lenses of the compound eye, called ommatidia
- GuestWhy are there so many sections of the eye
- Guestwhat is the lump on the top?
Bugscope Teamthat is a piece of dirt or dust
- Guestwhy does the eyes look like bumps
Bugscope Teamthose are eye facets, called ommatidia, individual lenses
- Guestwhat are those things that look like rocks sitting on the eye
- Guestis that crust on it?
- Guestis IT SOFT AND GOOY
Bugscope Teamno not like ours. They are hard like the rest of its body
- Guestwhat are the spikes on the eye
Bugscope Teamthose are mechanosensory setae like cat or rat whiskers
- GuestWhat is the black thing on it's eye?
- Guestwhat is that chunk on it's eye?
Bugscope Teamit's some random dirt
- Guestis that bacteria on it's eye
Bugscope Teamthere may be, but we would have to go to higher mag to see it
- Guestwhen was this picture taken?
- Guestare its eyes cracked in spaces
- GuestIs that bacteria siting on it?
Bugscope Teamno Bacteria usually look like little rods about the size of the smaller pieces of dirt. And they aren't all over insects as tv commercials would have us believe
- GuestHow many individual bumps are on his eye?
- GuestOk, do you have any springtails, or any parts of ones that our class can see?
Bugscope Teamwe did not put any springtails on the stub today; the ones we saw came from an entomologist, and we didn'
- Guesthow many of you are replying?
Bugscope Teamtoday there are only 2 of us-- Me and Scot
- Bugscope Teamoops we did not get extra springtails...
- Guestit looks like a fly eye
Bugscope Teamit does for sure
- Guestoh ok.
- GuestWHY DOESN'T IT LOOK LIKE AN EYE?
Bugscope Teamit looks like a compound eye, quite different from ours
- GuestWhy are they alot and how many eyes do they have?
Bugscope TeamInsects have 2 compound eyes. Some of the flying insects will also have a set of three simple eyes (similar to spider eyes) that can detect light and help orientate the insect
- Guestwhy are there whiskers on the eye?
Bugscope Teamthey have a function like that of cat or rat whiskers, so you could say that
- GuestARE those Legs are something?
- Guestwhat is that big bump
- Guestwhat is it doing
- Guestwhat is the thing that looks like a brian on the bottom?
- Guestwhy does it look like another bug on it?
- GuestAre those things it's legs all pulled down? And what ear is it on, don't they go on dogs and stuff?
- GuestHow big is the mite?
Bugscope Teamyou can see from the scalebar that it is about 200 -- 250 microns long, about a fourth of a millimeter
- Guestit looks kinda like a jellyfish
- 9:36 am
- Guest DOES IT LOOK LIKE A HORSESHOE CRAB
Bugscope Teamyes it does a little!
- Guestwhat is the heart looking thing?
Bugscope Teamthat is a mite that lives on the earwig's cuticle
- Guestis it a skin cell eater or a blood sucker
Bugscope Teamwe are not sure. it may actually suck the hemolymph through the earwig's exoskeleton
- GuestIs that an exoskeleton?
- Guestare you using our bugs?
Bugscope Teamno sorry
- GuestIs it on like a dog or something? Where do you find a mite?
- GuestAre those legs?
Bugscope Teamthose are legs sticking out that help it move around on the host
- Guestwhat is the mite on?
Bugscope Teamthis one is on the arm of an earwig -- ask your teacher to take the mag lower so you can see where it is
- GuestIs a mite more simalar to a flea or a tick
- Guestwhat is that stuff on it's gbody
Bugscope Teammore debris that doesn't belong
- Guestwhy does it look like a jellyfish
Bugscope Teamit's funny -- just a coincidence
- Guestwhat are the tentacale things
Bugscope Teamthose are its limb
- GuestWhat are those spikes around it
Bugscope Teamthose are on the surface of the earwig
- GuestiS A MITE SIMALAR TO A FLEA
Bugscope Teamnot much are known about these mites. If they suck the host's blood than I suppose they are similar to fleas. But they don't hop around
- GuestDo they have teeth?
Bugscope Teamno, not that we've seen
- Guestdoes it have a hard outer shell ish
Bugscope Teamish is exactly right, it is a bit soft
- GuestHow do mites move
Bugscope Teamthey have little legs. we see some of them
- Guestcool. is it on its leg or the stinger in the back
- Guestwhat is the wrinkly thing at the bottom?
- GuestHow small is the mite
- Guestis that the leg
- Bugscope TeamI made those changes in the mag so you could see where the mite is
- Guestwhy is the leg look square
- Guesthow big is a mite?
Bugscope Teamit's about 250 micrometers, 250 microns, or 1/4 of a millimeter
- Guestis the earwig dead
Bugscope Teamyes it is
- GuestWhat is is sitting on?
Bugscope Teamthe mite is on the earwig leg. The earwig is sitting on carbon tape (the stuff that looks like there are bubbles on it)
- GuestDo mites cause disceaces?
Bugscope Teamdustmites are sometimes responsible for allergies
- Guestis that the only mite on it
Bugscope Teamno there are a couple other mites we found on this one
- 9:41 am
- GuestThat is a small mite!
Bugscope Teamha yes it is!
- Guestwhat bug is that on?
- Guestoh, are dust mites dust?
Bugscope Teamthey are found in dust, often
- Guestis the mite dead
Bugscope Teamyes all the insects are dead in the microscope. Not only do we put them in a vacuum when we put them in a microscope, but before we put them in we coated them with a thin layer of metal to help make them conductive
- Bugscope Teamhere is another compound eye
- GuestWhy does it look like a big furry ball?
- GuestIs there hair around the eye?
- GuestWhat are the thins on the eye?
- Guestdo the golf ball looking bumps help the bug see better?
- Guestwhy is it so poped out
Bugscope Teamthat helps it see all around -- it gives it very good peripheral vision
- Guestwhat is the eye belong to
- Guestis that dust or bacteria?
Bugscope Teamthere may be some bacteria there
- Guestare the dirt more debris
- Guestare those all abunch of eyes
- Guestwhy is it called a true bug eye
Bugscope Teamthis is a type of insect called a true bug. All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs :) True bugs are insects that look similar to beetles but they have a proboscis like a butterfly, that they use to drink liquids like bug blood or plant sap
- GuestWhat bug is it on? A TRUE bug?
Bugscope TeamTrue bugs are from a family called Hemiptera. it's an entomology thing...
- Guestit looks like a rat with antenae
- Guestwhat is that big stick ?
- Guestwhy is the eyes spread so far apart?
- Guestwhat is the long stick in the middle?
Bugscope Teamthat is its proboscis, part of what makes it a true bug
- Guestwhat is the tube running down the middle
- GuestHe looks creepy! i would not like to wake up to that in life size in my house!
- GuestIs that like a really long mouth or what?
Bugscope Teamyes it goes all the down to about midway it's body
- Guesthow many images can it see at one time
Bugscope Teamit combines them into a view of a large area, but an advantage of having so many lenses is that it can sense changes in the visual field very quickly, like something attacking it
- Guestis the long thing the nose?
- 9:46 am
- GuestDo their eyes work different than ours?How?
Bugscope Teamthey see what we think is a mosaic of images, and they can respond very quickly to what they see because they're sensitive to small changes in the visual field, more than we are
- GuestOH COOL
- GuestWhy is there a hole in the middle?
- Guestdoes it suck pollen?
Bugscope Teamprobably sap and plant juices that are in leaves
- Guestwhat is the thing in the middle
- GuestWhat is the hole??????
- GuestWhat is the giant hole in the middle?
- Guestwhere does the web get stored
- Guestwhat is that hole????????
- Guestwhat are those veins on the base
- Guestoops, sorry, hole not holle
- Guesthow does it defend itself from getting squashed
Bugscope Teamone thing it does is remain camouflaged -- its legs resemble leaves, for example
- GuestSo does web come out of the hole
- GuestWhat is the stuff in the backround?
- Guestwhat bug is it
Bugscope Teamthat type of true bug was a seed bug, I believe. They feed on seeds and other plants
- Guestwhat are the bubbles on its stem thing
Bugscope Teamthey are likely web that did not turn into a filament
- Guestwhat is thhat holle?
Bugscope Teamthat's where the spider silk comes out
- Guestwhat is that stuff around it
- Guesthow long does it take for it to shoot out a web and does it depend on how long it is?
- Guestwhat is arond the hole?
- Guestwhy does it look wet?
Bugscope Teamit has a lot of fluid around it that is dry but looks weet
- GuestWhere is that main thing?
- Guestso thats how it makes it webd?
- Bugscope TeamSpider webs are made of protein, so if the spider has been unlucky in getting food, it can eat its own web as a last resort
- Guestwhere is the spinneret located
Bugscope Teamat the end of its abdomen
- Guestare those her legs
Bugscope Teamno they are setae, like insects have as well
- Guestwhat are those bubble like things above it
- Guestwhat are the sticks?
Bugscope Teamthose are setae that probably protect the softer spinnerets from getting mashed
- Guestwhy does look like it has nails in it
Bugscope Teamthose help manipulate the strands of silk to make a web
- GuestAre those all the legs around it?
- Guesthow large is the spinneret
- Guestwhat are the spinnerets
- Guesthow long can a spider last without food
- Guestwaht is setae
- GuestIs it a single head or attached to the body?
- Guestwhy does it not look like a spider
Bugscope Teamwe were only looking at a small part- the end of its abdomen
- Guestwhy is it so hairy
- GuestWhy does it have suck a big head?
- Guestwhat is the line in the back ground
- 9:51 am
- GuestIt's mouth is nasty!
- Guestare all the lines hair?
- Guestwhat is that patch of bubbles
Bugscope Teamthe compound eye
- Guestwhere is it's eye?
Bugscope Teamto the top and left a bit
- Guestis that a whole bug or just a bug's face?
Bugscope Teamthis is the head of the ant, or part of it
- Guestare those compounds on it's eyes and is it laying on it's side?
- Guestare thoses hairs
- Guestwhy does it have little hairs?
Bugscope Teamthe little hairs give it a recognizable pattern
- Guestwhy is so hairy?
- GuestWhere the eyes?
- Guestwhat is the little fuzzy thing
- GuestWhy do you guys interest in such nasty bugs?
- Guestwhy is there all these antenae infront of the jaw
- GuestDoes that mean it has multiple eyes?
Bugscope Teamit has two compound eyes like many larger insects but uses its antennae more for chemical signalling
- Guestwhat are the black lines at the top of the picture??
Bugscope Teamthat is the carbon tape again
- Guestwhat is the spike looking thing above the pincirs
- Guestwhere is it's mouth?
Bugscope Teamwe are centered on the mouth right now.
- Guestwhy is the head so big and the body so small?
- Bugscope TeamThe things that look like legs are the palps- the parts that taste or move around food
- Guestwhy does it look like hair is surrounding it?
- GuestWhy do you guys interest in such nasty bugs?
- Guestooo! the spider fangs
- Guestsorry I typed it so much, i could not think of anything else
- Guestwhat is the mud looking stuff
- GuestWhy do you guys interest in such nasty bugs?
Bugscope Teamthey, most often, have a lot of very cool features on them
- GuestIs that spider teeth?
- Guestwhat type of spider is it?
- Bugscope Teamnot we are looking into the spiders mouth
- GuestThose are long fangs!
- Guestwhy do you zoom up so close on the
- Guestcan the fangs inject venom strong enough to kill you
Bugscope Teamnot this spider. Most spiders found in North America are relatively harmless to humans.
- Guestwhy is it so dirty iside
- GuestWhat is the nastiest thing you have ever came apon in your career dealing with bugs?
- 9:56 am
- Guestwhat type of spider is it
- Guestwhy is there hair on the fangs
Bugscope Teamthe fangs themselves do not have hair on them; it is hard to see right now
- Guestwhat does the things that look like legs do?
- Guestthis looks so cool
- Guestlike what cool features?
Bugscope Teamlike special sensory pits on a wasp antenna that allows it to sense the pheromones other wasps have given off. Or the mouthparts of a tick that it uses to cut into a human
- Guesthas anyone ever sent you guys a bug like a black widow or something else that was venomous?
- GuestWhat are the things around it?
- Guestwhat is that in the middle
- Guestwere are the eyes
Bugscope Teamthey are on the other side of the head -- we have to make a choice
- Guestwhy does it have fangs?
Bugscope Teamspiders will bite into an insects to disable them and inject the venom that liquifies the insect's insides. Then the spider can drink the liquified remains like a protein shake
- Guestis it waving to us?
- Guestthis looks like something from a horror movie
- GuestIt looks kind of cute like its waving
- GuestWhy does it have long antennas?
Bugscope Teamantennae are very important to wasps, bees, and ants. They rely on them to communicate with others
- Guestweres its mouth
- Guestwhy does the eyes look like bubbles?
- Guestwhy does the mouth look like it has a claw overit
- GuestWhat is the most nasty encounter you guys have ever had in your bug career?
Bugscope Teamfor me it was a large dead centipede that really scared me; Cate was there...
- Guesthow big was it?????? :D
- Guestwhat is his mouth overlaped / cracked
Bugscope Teamtheir mouths open side to side like a gate, and they have tooth like elements
- Guesthow big was the centipede?
- Guestalrighty now peace out!
- TeacherTo prepare for the nexct class, should we have these students log out and then log back in or will we lose our connection?
Bugscope Teamthey can lot out, so the next students can pick their own names. you wont lose your connection.
- Guestwhat is that zig zag beard thing
Bugscope Teamthose are the mandibles
- GuestThis is very neat and I'll love to do this again!
- Guestg2g thank you so much it was really fun, see you later bye
- Guestbye and thank you for showing us the bug
- Guestif i was very small could this .kill me:(
Bugscope Teammaybe. It could also have a chance of that if you were allergic to the venom
- Guesthow big was the centipede?
- Guestthis was really neat.thankyou. i hope to get to do it again
- 10:01 am
- GuestThank you, we really enjoyed this! It was cool learning about bugs! Bye!
- Guestthank you for helping us out, this was very wierd and awesome.
Bugscope TeamTotally cool.
- Guestthanks this was so cool byeserz
Bugscope TeamSweet. Thank You!
- Guestthank you this was so cool, i cant wait to talk to you again bye:).
- Guestthank YOU for showing us these bugs.
- Guestthank you for talking to us, We loved it. I love looking at all of the cool bugs!
Bugscope TeamAwesome. We had fun too!
- GuestThis was a learning experience...Wonderful!
Bugscope TeamThank You!
- Guest:) lol
- Guestto scott
- Guestscot you is so awesomeness
Bugscope Teamhaha. Thanks!
- GuestThank you for showing us the bugs
- Guestthank all of you guys/girls
- Guest:) ;) ;) :0
- GuestThanks for being very intelligent and helping us
- Guestyou welcomez
- GuestYou are wonderful people...bye
- Guestthank's cate. you were awesome
- Bugscope Teamhaha thanks
- Guesthow big was the nasty centipede?!?!?
Bugscope TeamAbout 3 inches long and about half the thickness of someone's fingers.
- Guestcate,your cool
Bugscope Teamyeah Cate is cool.
- GuestThank you all it was soooooooo much fun bye
- 10:10 am
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamPlease let us know when you have questions.
- TeacherNext class is ready to begin! :)
- Bugscope TeamThis is the head of a wasp, and you can see that its head has an apparent crack in it so that fluid has come out onto one eye
- Studentare those the antenaes bent?
Bugscope Teamyes they are. that is one of the differences between ants and wasps
- StudentWhy are the eyes so big?
Bugscope Teamflying insects like wasps have huge eyes go around the head allowing them to see almost 360 degrees around them
- StudentWhy are the anteneas bent down?
Bugscope Teamthey have their antennae out in front so they can use them to collect chemical signals
- Studentwhy is its arm up and the other isnt
Bugscope Teamthat's just the way it was when it died
- Studentis there a crack in the left eye?
- StudentWhy is there little hairs on it?
Bugscope Teamthere are hairs all over them to help them sense what is going on around themselves
- Studentwhy is one part of the mouth over the other?
Bugscope Teamthe mandibles fold open, side to side, like a gate
- StudentHow big would you say the bug is?
Bugscope Teamit's about 2 cm long
- StudentWhat is the stub on the left near the antennae?
Bugscope Teamthat is one of the legs with a claw on the end
- Studentoh so that is what happened to the wasp.
- StudentDo you have any idea why the head cracked open?
Bugscope Teammight have been when it was caught
- Studenthow would the wasp have gotten the crack in his or her eye
Bugscope Teamwe might've crushed the head somehow -- part of the body is also crushed
- Studenthi whats the thing that on the right of the right antennas
- StudentWhy does its mouth look weird
- StudentWhy are there segments on the wasps antennas?
Bugscope Teamit makes them more flexible because they are hardened, kind of like a coat of armor
- Studentwhy are the arms connected to each other at the end?
- Studentit looks like it has fingers:)
Bugscope Teamthose are its claws
- 10:15 am
- Studentwhy are there rings around the antennes
Bugscope Teamthose are the joints at the intersections of the segments
- StudentDoes it see in Black and white or Color?
Bugscope Teamthey see color and ultraviolet
- Studentwhat are the overlaping spiky plate like things at the bottom of the head.
Bugscope Teamthe mandibles -- the jaws -- which open like a gate, from side to side
- StudentI didn't know that...
- StudentWasps have claws?
Bugscope Teamall insects have claws at the end of their legs they use to grab onto things
- Studentwhat are the 2 things under the mouth
- Studentis the thing left of the left eye a arm and why dosent the right side have one
- StudentWhat is under the mouth?
- StudentWhy does it look sort of hairy?
Bugscope Teamthe hairs, many of them, help the insect sense touch, hot/cold, and smell as well as vibration (sound)
- StudentWhy does the wasps mouth have jagged edges?
Bugscope Teamit's kind of like a fork, or one of those spork things
- Studentis the left eye cut or somthing?
- Studentis its mouth cracked or just missing a piece
Bugscope Teamthat is what it looks like -- it has those jagged elements
- StudentWhy does it have a jagged mouth?
Bugscope Teamlikely it helps it scrape things into its mouth
- Studentwhy does the antena look like different seg
- Studentwhat are the bummpy things on its face
Bugscope Teama lot of those are hairs that are mechanosensory-- allows them to feel what comes near its face. Like cat whiskers
- Studentwhat kind of wasp is this
- StudentOh is that what it is supposed to look like?
- StudentWhat is the hole?
- Studentis there a purpose for the lines in the anntena?
Bugscope Teamthe ring-like features make them flexible; is that what you mean?
- StudentHow does the spider make a web?
- Studentwhat is the fat tunnel like thing? what is it for?
- StudentWhat is the hole for?
Bugscope Teamthat is where silk -- the web -- comes out as a liquid and instantly becomes a thread
- Studentdoes the web come out of the hole
Bugscope Teamyes it does!
- StudentI thought that near the tip of the spinneret, it was spikey.
- StudentWhat are all of the tubes for?
- Studentwhat are the things behind it
Bugscope Teamthey're setae that probably serve to protect the spinnerets
- Studenthow big would that hole actully be
Bugscope Teamaround a couple bacteria long
- StudentWhat type of spider is this?
Bugscope Teamwe are not sure. often they are dried and hard to recognize, and we are not good at identifying spiders
- StudentAre the white lines veins?
- 10:20 am
- StudentWhat is the web made out of?
- Studentwhy does it have thing that look like waves near the hole?
Bugscope Teamnot sure -- there are dried fluids there
- StudentWhat is the stuff around it
- StudentWhat is all the extra stuff around it?
Bugscope Teamthere is some dried 'bug blood' around it from someone smooshing the spider
- Studentwhat are the things around it
- Student cool
- StudentWhat are the little dots
Bugscope Teamsome of those are droplets of fluid that just dried like that
- StudentWhat are the spikey things next to it?
- Studentwhat are the spikes
Bugscope Teamthe spikes are setae that may serve to protect the spinnerets from being smashed flat
- StudentWhat is the papery stuff on the right side?
Bugscope Teama lot of what we see here is dried fluids from when the spider was mooshed
- StudentWhat is the spike-like stuff near the left of the screen?
- StudentWhat type of spider?
Bugscope Teamsorry we are not sure of that
- Studentwhat are the things that look like toothpicks in the back?
Bugscope Teamthose help manipulate where the silk strands go
- StudentWhat are they stick-like things?
Bugscope Teamsome of those are setae, and some are likely smaller spinneret tips
- StudentWhat are the "bunched up things"? Are they the legs?
- StudentWhat type of spider is it
Bugscope Teamwe are not very good at identifying spiders, but it was probably a common house spider
- StudentExactly what type of bug is it? What part of the bug is it?
Bugscope Teamthis is a spider, and the spinnerets are at the tip of the abdomen
- Studentwhat is the setae
- Studentwhat are the hairs
- StudentWhat is that?!?
- Studentwhat are the things that look like bits of water on the stinger
- Bugscope Teamwhen we made this preset you could see the whole stinger, but inside the 'scope the sample dried a bit more and you cannot see the tip now
- StudentWhat are the claw/hand like things?
- Studentis the fuzzy stuff hair?
Bugscope Teamyes there are lots of hairs, or setae, on insects- wasps and bees especially
- StudentWhat is that?
Bugscope Teamthe vertical element is the stinger
- Bugscope Teamthe leg is a little bit in the way of the stinger so we can't see the end
- StudentIs the stinger hairy?
Bugscope Teamno that is what is blocking our view a bit -- it's one of the arms of the wasp
- StudentWhat is the actuall part that they sting with
Bugscope Teamthe vertical thing that looks like a blade
- StudentWky is it hairy?
Bugscope Teamthe hairs allow the insect to feel what is going on around it. The hairs on bees and wasps are also good for pollen grains to stick to for easy transportation
- Studentwat is the thing with no hair behind it
- StudentI can't tell which part is the stinger! :'(
Bugscope Teamit's the thing that is running up and down, and we cannot see the tip now
- Bugscope Teamthe part in focus is the stinger. It has what looks like lines going down it
- 10:26 am
- Studentwhats in the stinger
Bugscope Teamit injects venom into the wasp's antagonist
- StudentWhat is that spike behind it?
- StudentWhat are the lines on the stinger?
- Studentare there vains going through the stinger?
Bugscope Teamthere is something like a vein that the venom runs through
- Studentwhats on the stinger it looks like paper
- Studentwhat is that on the stinger
Bugscope Teamit has some dried fluid, likely venom that seeped out
- Studentwhat are the ovals?
- Studenthow big is the stinger
- StudentIt looks very weird, do you think so?
Bugscope Teamyes it does. this morning when I saved the preset area you could see the whole stinger
- StudentWhat are the hairs in the top left corner?
- StudentWhere is the stinger?
- Studentwhat is the thing on the left upper corner
Bugscope Teamthose are parts of the tip of the abdomen, and also the limb that is running in the foreground
- Studenthow long do wasps normaly live?
Bugscope Teamthey usually live for around a month. Queens can live for a year
- StudentWhen wasps sting, doesn't it tear the bug when they try to leave? Or is that only with bees?
- StudentwHAT IS THE THING WITH NO HAIR BEHIND IT?
- Studentdoes the stinger grow as they live?
Bugscope Teamno. Wasps don't grow as they get older either. They do go from a larval stage to an adult stage but once they grow to adult they don't grow anymore
- Studentwhat bug is this
- StudentWhat are the plates?
- Studentwwhat is the thing that looks like a rock
- StudentWhat is that bump?
- StudentWhat is the crusty stuff on the bumps?
- Studentwhats the thing in the back?
Bugscope Teamthat to the right was a folded wing
- StudentIs that MUD on the eye?!
Bugscope Teamyeah or something like it, exactically
- Studentthey look like egg pouches r they ?????????????
Bugscope Teamthose are the individual facets of the compound eye, called ommatidia
- Studentwhat are the things that look like tooth picks
- StudentWhat are the occasional hairs on the eye for?
- Studentwhat are the things stick up out of the eye
Bugscope Teamthose are little hairs. They work similarly to cat or mouse whiskers
- StudentWhy does the eye have diamonds???
Bugscope Teamthey are hexagonal, if we could see them from another angle, and that is the best way to close-pack something that is essentially round
- StudentSo it is an EyE?
Bugscope Teamyes it is!
- 10:31 am
- Studentwhat is sticking up out of the eye
Bugscope Teamthere are a few setae -- spines or hairs -- that sense touch or wind
- StudentWhy are there hairs in it?
Bugscope Teamthose help it tell when something is touching it
- StudentSorry I was not yelling at you i clicked caps lock by mistake.
- StudentWhat is the brown stuff on the eyes
Bugscope Teamthe darker colored stuff is debris like dust or dirt
- Studentwhat are the crumbly things on the eye
- StudentWhy is the eye shaped like that?
Bugscope Teamthe dome-like shape gives the insect very good peripheral vision -- it can see around it without moving its head much
- StudentWhat does the hairs do
- StudentWhat are the crumb like things?
Bugscope Teamthere is some dirt of the surface of the compound eye
- StudentEarwigs climb into poeple's ears, right?
Bugscope Teamit's really more of a myth than true. they could but they are not particularly disposed to do that
- Studentare those hairs one the eye?
- Studentif this wasen't in black and white what color would it be
Bugscope Teambrowns, blacks, yellow brown
- Studentis the giant thing on the top a leg?
- Student why does it have so many bumps on the 1 eye
Bugscope Teamall of those are individual components of the compound eye. They can each see an image
- Studentis it biting something?
- Studentwhat are the spikey things
Bugscope Teamthose are setae that help the insect sense its surroundings since it does not have skin with nerve endings in it
- StudentWhat is inside of the spider fangs
- StudentWhat is the grass-like stuff?
- Studenthow big are the fangs?
Bugscope Teamlooks like they may be a half millimeter (500 micrometers, or microns) long
- StudentWhat are those tube things>
Bugscope Teamthose are the fangs, which are turned in toward the center
- StudentWhat type of spider is this?
Bugscope Teamit is some kind of house spider, we are not sure
- Studentwhat are all the spikey things around the fangs
Bugscope Teamthose are what help the spider hold its prey close while it injects venom
- StudentWhat is the thing that looks like a spinneret tip above the left claw?
- 10:36 am
- StudentWhat are the tree like shoots on coming out?
Bugscope Teamthose are all hairs
- StudentWhat around the spider fangs
Bugscope Teamwe see mostly the legs, and close up are the spines that help it hold its prey close
- Studentwhere did you go to college\
- StudentWhat is the dirt-like stuff on the bottom?
Bugscope Teamjust that- dust or dirt or some other sort of debris
- Studentwhat are the spikey/hairy thing's.
- StudentThat is disturbingly cool!!
- StudentWhy are there so many hairs
Bugscope Teamspiders are very sensitive to vibration (sound, often), and the hairs function like antennae to pick that up
- Studentdo the hairs do something important
Bugscope Teamsometimes, but these ones we see are mostly for sense of touch. Others can taste or smell or sense temperature changes
- StudentWhat are the hairy things, antenae?
Bugscope Teamthose are spider legs i think
- StudentIs this WHOLE picture the MOUTH?!
Bugscope Teamthe mouth is kind of in the center -- they actually feed through their fangs
- Studenthow long did you go to college
Bugscope Teami studied in college for 4 years
- StudentWhat part of the bug is this?
- StudentAh, okay...
- StudentIt looks like there dirt in there
- StudentIs it pulling the food to its mouth/
- Studentwhen did you become intterestid in bugs
Bugscope TeamI think we've always been naturally interested, but when we started Bugscope it become more compelling
- StudentThis is really cool to me because my dad is also an
- StudentWhat college did you go 2?
Bugscope TeamI went to Southern Illinois University and then later transferred to here at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Studentdid you enjoy bugs your whole life
Bugscope Teamno just the past several years
- Studentso r they like extra arms//
- Studenthave you always been interested in bugs
Bugscope Teamno I kind of just 'fell into it'
- StudentAre those eyes on the bottom?
Bugscope Teamthe eyes are on the other side of the head we cannot see
- StudentMy dad is also an Entomoligest
- Studentbut to push the food down\
- Studentwhat did you study
Bugscope TeamEnglish and biology for me, Physics for Cate
- Studentwhat are all those wrinkels?
- StudentWhy does the head look like a pumpkin?
- StudentIs it sucking on it?
- StudentDo all spiders have fangs
Bugscope Teamyes they do, and they suck their food up through them like a milkshake
- Studentwhat are the wrinkles?
- Studentdo ant smell,taste,or tell tempature changes in a interesting way?
- StudentI only see one eye. Is the other one covered, or on the other side?
Bugscope Teamit's on the other side
- Studentis the head detached from the body
Bugscope Teamno; it's to the lower left
- StudentHow do ants smell
Bugscope Teamthey use their antennae and their mouth parts
- 10:41 am
- Studentdoes it haAVE HAIORS?
Bugscope Teamyes. fine ones called microsetae and larger ones called setae
- Bugscope Teammite!
- Studentis the bumpy circle the eye?
Bugscope Teamthose are the individual components that can each see an image
- Studenthow big is a mite?
- Studenthow small is the mite?
- StudentI can't see the mite's eye...Do they have any?
Bugscope Teamsometimes they have eyes, these do not
- StudentHow big is it
- StudentWhy does it look like it has wrinkles?
Bugscope Teamsome of those really are wrinkles that strengthen the head, and some are what look like wrinkles from the microsetae
- StudentWhat is the bumpy thing on top?
Bugscope Teamthe bump is the mite
- StudentWhere is the head?
- StudentThat earwig looks huge compared to the mite!!!!
- StudentHow big is the mite?
Bugscope Teamit is about 250 microns long -- about 1/4 of a millimeter
- StudentHow does it see
- StudentDoes it have a some sort of a shell?
- Studenthow small are mites compared to earwigs
Bugscope Teamyou can see that mites are about 1/4 of a millimeter, and this earwig is about 2 mm long
Bugscope Teamoops I mean 2 cm!
- StudentDo you know how long the mite has been on the earwig?
- Studentwhy is the earwig on the other bug?
- StudentWhats around it
Bugscope Teamsilver paint, carbon tape, and the whole thing is coated with gold-palladium
- Studenthow does it attach to earwigs?
- Studentwhat does a mite eat
- StudentWhat does the mite do to the earwigs leg?
- Studentwhat are the things in the backround?
Bugscope Teamthe insects are all sitting on carbon tape, which is the bumpy surface in the background
- Studenthow big is earwig limb?
Bugscope Teamif you look at the scalebar to the lower left you can see that the femur is more than a millimeter long
- Studentwhat can the mite do to the earwig
Bugscope Teamit might help eat the dirty stuff on the earwig or it might feed off the earwig
- StudentDid you get all of these pictures from other students?
Bugscope Teamthese are live images from the electron microscope that you are driving from your classroom right now
- Studentabout how big is the mite?
- StudentHow big is the earwig
Bugscope Teamaround an inch or 2 big
- StudentDoes the mite eventually kill the earwig?
Bugscope Teamwe think that they survive living with mites, for the most part
- Studentwhen did you become interestid in bugs?
- StudentIs the background a earwig
- Studentdo you think the mite will get crushed by the earwig
- 10:46 am
- StudentThis is a live video?!?!
Bugscope Teamyes it is! it is a live feed from a $600,000 scanning electron microscope that your teacher is driving
- Studentwhat is it going to grab
- Studentwat is it holding on to
- Studenthow big is a earwig claw
- Studentwhat do it eat
- Studentis it fighting another earwig or is it doing something else?
- StudentWhat does a Mite eat?
Bugscope Teamwe are not sure -- either hemolymph from the interior of the earwig
Bugscope Teamor stuff that lands on the earwig
- Studentwhat i8s ythe earwig grabbing
Bugscope Teamone of its other legs
- Studentwhat is in the hole?
- StudentWhy does the arm have hairs?
Bugscope Teamso it can feel when it touches something or something comes close to it
- StudentDo the mites only attack spesific species?
Bugscope Teamwe see them on many insects, but we are not sure what attracts them. it may be that they come from the dirt that earwigs are often in or near
- StudentDo all bugs have hair on their limbs/bodies?
Bugscope Teamyes, some more than others
- Studenthow can you tell thier gendar
- Studentwhat do they use the pincher for?
- StudentWhat is the claw useful for
- StudentHow big is the earwig claw?
Bugscope Teamit's actually about the length of the mite, about 250 micrometers, or microns, 1/4 of a mm.
Bugscope Teama grain of beach sand can be about that big
- Studentis the claw hanging onto somthing?
- Studentwill the mite ever leave the earwigh
Bugscope Teamif it was in a container with a bunch of other insects it might migrate, but generally they seem to 'go down with the ship'
- Studentwhat are things sticking down
Bugscope Teamthere is a claw facing away from us and a lot of hairs around it
- Studentwhat are the things that are hanging down from the claw?
- Studentare the tiny bits on the claw that look like dirt
Bugscope Teamlooks like mold spores mostly
- StudentWhat is an earwig?
Bugscope Teamthey are pincer bugs you find if you lift up a rock
- StudentCate, you use great analogies...
- StudentThis claw lookke a crain. Why does it look like that?
Bugscope TeamI think it is because they have a similar function
- Studentwhat are the things surrounding it and what does it do
- StudentHow big is the claw
Bugscope Teamthis is about 200 microns long
- Studenta similer function to wat
- Student what are the clumps on then spikes?
- StudentIs it dirt?
- 10:51 am
- StudentWhat is this partrt?
Bugscope Teamthis is the tip of one of the spider's eight legs, and you can see the claws amid the setae (hairs)
- Studentwhat is the aproximate amount of hairs on this spider
- Studentis that hair?
- Studentwhat part is it
- Studentit is very hairy
- Studentis that dirt
- StudentAre those the legs?
- StudentWhy is there so much hair? is it defence?
Bugscope Teamhair on spiders is often sensory -- transmitting vibration. sometimes spiders also have hairs that they let loose and are irritating to things that sniff them or get too close\
- StudentWhat are the things branching out?
- Studentwhat are the flat things?
Bugscope Teamthose are part of the spider body. We are looking at the underside (ventral) of it
- Studenthow long did u have to go to school to do this
Bugscope Teamit's pretty easy to control the 'scope, but it helps to have a college degree and have studied physics, like Cate, or biology/english, like me
- Studenthow big is a spider claw?
Bugscope Teamthis one is about a fifth of a mm
- Studentis it craked
- Studentis that a mite?
- Studentcan spiders tell what there walking on?
Bugscope Teampretty much; they can sense with those setae
- Studentis there a mite on that
Bugscope Teamyes there is. Good eye!
- Studentwhat are the holes?
Bugscope Teamthat is the carbon tape background. We stick all the insects on that
- StudentWhats in the backgrounds
- StudentWhat is a "cercopod?"
Bugscope Teamthose are the actual pincher part of the insect
- Studentdo they fight with that?
Bugscope Teamthey protect themselves with the cercopods and they could fight if they wanted to
- Student ok
- Studentthats cool!
- Studentwhat is it made of?
- StudentIs that the mouth or the leg?
- Studentwhy would the might be on the claw?
- Student????? wat body part is it /???
Bugscope Teamearwigs have large pinchers opposite their heads
- StudentA lot of these pictures are creepily awesome...
- StudentScott how long have u worked with bugs
Bugscope TeamBugscope started 13 years ago, so since at least then. we always ask the entomologists lots of questions
- Studentwhat are all the bumps
- StudentIs that dust on it?
Bugscope Teamyes, dust and dirt
- Studentdo wasp have toes or toe nails?
Bugscope Teamjust claws
- 10:56 am
- StudentThanksLearned something new today!!
- StudentDoes it have eyes?
- Studentwhat are the spikes for?
- Studentwhy does the annteane look like it is made of a ton of little circles?
- StudentWhat r the spikes near the antennae
- Studentwhats on its head and where are the eyes
Bugscope Teamthe eyes are behind the long stalks, which are the antennae. The eyes don't really stand out from the head. It is very streamlined
- Studentwere are the eyes?
Bugscope Teamthey are above and behind the bases of the antennae, hard to see because they are smooth and follow the shape of the head
- Studentwhere r the eyes
- StudentWhy are there thorns all over it?
- StudentWhat are thoes spikey things?
- Bugscope TeamRoaches have not changed in millions of years. Insects used to be bigger during prehistoric times, and scientists are trying to look into why roaches never changed size
- Studentis the head flat or curved?
- StudentWhy is it curled up in the feetle position?
Bugscope Teamthat happends often when insects die and the internal tendons shrink and tighten
- Studentwhat is the stuff on it
- Studentwhere is its eyes
- StudentWhere are the eyes
Bugscope Teamthey're hard to see -- we can try driving there
- Studentthats awsome!
- Bugscope Teamthe eye is in the middle. You can just now see some of the facets of it
- Studentis that bark?
- Studentare those wood chips
- Studentis that the eye
- Studentcool!!!!!!! interesting hey is that a leaf
- Bugscope Teamthere is some dried fluid, looks like, on the surface of the eye, but as Cate said, you can see some of the facets now
- StudentWhat is the leaf looking like thing
Bugscope Teamthat is a scale from another insect, like a moth or butterfly
- Studentthat is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- StudentWhat r the bumps
- StudentIt looks like striped malch
Bugscope Teamit's what makes a butterfly's wings feel so silky
- Studentwhat does it eat?
Bugscope Teamthey pretty much eat anything
- Studentwhere is the eye
Bugscope Teamwe are looking at it!
- StudentI've always been interested in bugs!
- Studentthanks this is really cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bye
- Studentwhy does it have mini humps on the head?
Bugscope Teamsome of that is globs of juju, and the finer things are the eye facets
- 11:01 am
- StudentThank you so much!
Bugscope TeamThank You!
- Studentyour job looks like fun
- StudentThis was cool. thanks.
Bugscope TeamWe enjoyed working with you!
- StudentThank you so much!!!!!!!! That was so cool!! We loved it!
- StudentBYE!thanks we learnd alot
Bugscope TeamThank You! Bye!
- StudentThank you sooooo much!!!! This was sooooo cool!!! It must take so much time to set this up!:)
- Studentbye thank you for showing us all the cool bugs!!!!!!
Bugscope TeamThank You! See you next year!
- StudentThanks we would love to do this again liked we liked the spider claw.
Bugscope Teamtotally cool
- Bugscope Teamthanks for joining us today, hope you all had fun
- StudentWe liked the cockroach eye
- StudentThanks me and ashley learned AloT today, We hope to do it again,scott and cate are cool!
Bugscope TeamYou are very kind. Thank You!
- StudentIt was nice to meet yall
Bugscope Teamnice to meet you as well. see you next time!
- Studentno problem scott!
- Studenthave a good day cate and scott
- StudentThank you!!!
- StudentThanks, I know it must have been hard to talk to so many people at once.
Bugscope TeamWe do our best. and we are sorry we cannot answer everyone.
- StudentI love bugs! Thank you! :) Byeeeeeeeee.
Bugscope TeamThank You, Ryan!
- Studentthank you soooooo much! it was really fun and we learned a lot. I loved the spiders!
Bugscope TeamTotally cool.
- Bugscope Teamwe will look forward to it
- TeacherMany thanks once again for a wonderful learning opportunity! I hope to work with you all next year!
Bugscope TeamThat would be great. Please apply soon -- we have been swamped with applications.
- TeacherWow! Good ideas catch on quickly! Will do!
- Bugscope Teamover and out!