Connected on 2012-04-10 08:00:00
from Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
- 7:19 am
- Bugscope Teamsample is in chamber and pumping down...
- Bugscope Teamin a few minutes we will be able to start making presets for today's session
- 7:25 am
- 7:32 am
- 7:37 am
- Bugscope Teamgood morning!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- TeacherGood Morning! I am logged in as "Mrs B" because apparently my other login "Mrs Brady" was never logged out. Can this be reset so I can log in as "Mrs Brady"?
- Bugscope Teamyou can try logging out now and log back in as Mrs B. I'm not sure if I fixed that or not.
- Bugscope Teamnow it looks like it worked...
- 7:42 am
- Bugscope Teamare you back as yourself again?
- TeacherI'm back in as Mrs B. I cannot log in as Mrs Brady. Oh well, no big deal. I will have 6 computers set up for students to use for chatting.
- Bugscope TeamSorry about that. I wiped out Mrs Brady again, and it could work this time...
- TeacherWill try once more. Thanks!
- 7:47 am
- TeacherLooks like it worked! Thanks!
- Bugscope TeamYay!
- Bugscope TeamI hadn't erased your name in the right place the 1st time.
- TeacherShould I start to control, or do you guys need to finish something?
- Bugscope Teamwe have several more presets to make, if that is alright
- Bugscope Teamdoes the session start at the top of the hour?
- TeacherOur first group of students will be arriving at 9:10.
Bugscope Teamcool we will make a few more presets and then give you control so you can get some practice before the students come in
- Teacherat 9:10. And the next group comes in at 9:55, and the last group at 10:40 until about 11:20 or so. I may invite some 5th graders to come at 11:30 just for a brief look.
Bugscope Teamsounds great!
- 7:53 am
- Bugscope TeamMrs Brady you may drive now if you would like.
- 7:58 am
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the opening now, above
- Bugscope Teamwe had made a preset of the same thing on the other side of the thorax
- TeacherCan I zoom all the way out to see the whole insect?
Bugscope TeamYou can zoom only to about 37x. So unless the insect is small you cannot see all of it at once.
- Bugscope TeamThere's a tradeoff between being able to get a low mag view and getting good resolution at high mag.
- TeacherIs this a honeybee?
Bugscope Teamthis is the stinkbug
- Bugscope Teamyou can check out the presets on the lefthand screen
- Bugscope Teamnow you can see the bee's head, of course
- TeacherGreat! I am on the bee head right now.
- Bugscope Teamits eyes, antennae, and mandibles
- 8:04 am
- TeacherJust zoomed in on the eye
- Bugscope Teambees and wasps have four wings, and they clip each fore- and hindwing together when they fly
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that the eye curves around the place where the antenna normally rests
- Bugscope Teamyou can zoom in further if you wish
- Bugscope Teamof course
- Bugscope Teamwhen bees/wasps enter their nests, they can unclip their wings and fold them neatly to enable them to fit into the smaller space
- Bugscope TeamI am sitting at the SEM and can easily tweak focus, occasionally.
- Bugscope Teamthose are the ommatidia -- the individual facets of the compound eye
- Bugscope Teamthere are two compound eyes plus three ocelli -- simple eyes -- on the top of the head
- TeacherThe students will be coming into the Lab in a couple of minutes.
- 8:09 am
- TeacherDo we know whether this is queen, worker or drone?
- Bugscope TeamI think it is a worker, with its small eyes.
- Bugscope Teamactually I am not sure this is a honeybee
- Bugscope Teamthere are many kinds of bees, many species of honeybees, and also several different morphologies in one species of bee
- 8:14 am
- Bugscope Teamrecently someone advanced a really interesting theory of why colony collapse disorder occurred
- Bugscope Teamthe idea is that a pesticide applied to the corn that becomes high-fructose corn syrup is responsible
- Studentis the left antantennae
- Bugscope Teambeekeepers feed their bees HFCS in the winter
- Studentwhy so many hands
Bugscope Teaminsects have six legs
- Studentis the left antennae broken
- Studenthow long do honeybees live
- Studentwhat was the theory of coloniey claps
- Studentare the eyes rough
Bugscope Teamthey may look rough but to us they would feel pretty smooth
- Studentwhy is it so hairy
- Studentwhy is it so hairy
Bugscope Teamthe hairs help the bee to feel what is going on around it. They don't have sensitive skin like us.
- Studentwhere is this insect located
Bugscope Teamit is in a scanning electron microscope here in Illinois
- Studentwhere is the nose?
- StudentWhy are there dots on the eyes
Bugscope Teamthe dots are the individual facets of the compound eye, called ommatidia
- Studenthow many eyes does it have in all??
Bugscope Teamit has 2 compound eyes and 3 smaller simple eyes called ocelli at the back of the head
Bugscope Teamso 5 total
- StudentCan they see with colors or in black and white
Bugscope Teamthey can see colors, some better than others
- Bugscope Teamthe ommatidia -- the eye facets -- are individual lenses of the eye
- 8:19 am
- StudentCan they smell stuff
Bugscope Teamyes they can, and mostly they do that using setae and other sensory apparatus on the antennae
- Studentis the left antenna broken
Bugscope Teamyes it looks like it. Limbs are easy to break after the insect dies
Bugscope Teamthat's because it gets dried out
- Studentis it a male or a feamale?
Bugscope Teammost bees, ants, and wasps you see are female. This one is female too. You hardly see males around. They are mostly for mating
- Studenthow long is it
Bugscope Teamlooks like it is 6 or 7 millimeters long
- StudentHow big are its eyes
- Studentwhere is it?
- Studenthow big do bees get?
Bugscope Teamonce they get wings they do not get bigger -- max is a few centimeters long, I think
- Studentdo bees have noses
Bugscope Teamno, at least not in the same sense as us. They do have special hairs that allows them to smell different things
- Studentis the eye round
Bugscope Teamit is oddly shaped because it fits around the place where the antennae rest
- Studentis there 1000 eyes
Bugscope Teamlooks like there could be that many facets on the compound eye!
- StudentWhere are its wings
Bugscope Teamthey are there but we are looking only at the head now -- you can see them when we change mag
- Studentis this bee considered a big bee or a small bee
Bugscope Teamit's pretty small
- Studentwhy are there dots on his/her eyes
Bugscope Teamthose are dust or dirt that have accumulated on the eye
- Studentplease replay to us
Bugscope Teamit is in the scanning electron microscope
- Bugscope Teamthere are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world
- StudentWhy do their eyes look like squares
- Studenthow many simple eyes make up the compound eye
- Studenthow many hairs do bees have?
Bugscope Teamtoo many to count!
- Studentwhat is a four wing
- StudentHow much bees are there
Bugscope Teamthere are said to be about 20,000 species of bees in the world
- Studenthow long is the antenna
- Studentabout how many eyes are in the compound eye?
Bugscope Teama few thousand. some wasps, which are related to bees and ants, have as many as 17,000 ommatidia
- 8:24 am
- Studenthow many squares do they have on each eye
- Studentwhy do girls have stingers not boys
Bugscope Teamthe stingers are modified ovipositors, which are used to lay eggs. boys never lay eggs, of course
- Studentdo bees die after they sting?
Bugscope Teamhoneybees die after they sting mammals because the stinger gets caught in the thick skin and pulls out of the bee's body
- Studentcould you show us another part of the bee?
Bugscope Teamask your teacher to drive to another place
- Studenthow many bees live in a hive?
Bugscope Teamat the height of the season, there could be around 50,000 bees in a hive
- Studentwhy does it look like scales
Bugscope Teama lot of insect morphology looks like scales; it's the way the components of the insect body form
- Studentwhy do only females have stingers
Bugscope Teamthe females also use their stingers as a way to lay their eggs
- Studentare there sections of the eyes
Bugscope Teamthe individual facets are called ommatidia, and each functions like a lens
- Studentdo all this kind of bee have the same texture?
Bugscope Teamthey are similar to this but not all exactly the same
- Bugscope Teamthere are wasps called parasitic wasps that lay their eggs in other insects
- Bugscope Teamnow we are up close on the stinger, which has sharp cutting edges that can slide side by side to cut your skin
- Bugscope Teamone of the entomologists we work with says there is a parasitic wasp for every insect and every life stage of every insect
- 8:30 am
- Studentwhere is the stinger?
- Studentwhat part of the body is the computer showing
- Bugscope Teamsome of the setae (the hairs) we see are microsetae, and the provide pattern as well as help the insect regulate its temperature.
- Studentwhat are the main parts on the insect?
Bugscope Teaman insect has a head, a thorax, an abdomen, six legs, and two antennae
- Studenthow many time can a bee use its stinger?
Bugscope Teamthat depends on the bee. Honeybee stingers have barbs so that can get stuck in our skin, or any other mammal's skin. Bumblebees don't have those barbs so they can sting more than once
- Studentdo bees only sting when they are mad?
Bugscope Teamyes I think that is true. wasps may sting to inject eggs, or to immobilize their prey
- Studentis the whole body hairy?
Bugscope Teampretty much!
- Studentare the swings hairy too
- Studentare the hairs on it the same on human bodys or different?
Bugscope Teamthey're quite different; in some ways they can be like cat or rat whiskers, however
- Studentdo the hairs ever grow?
- Studentwhat is thestinger made of
Bugscope Teamit is made of chitin -- the same protein that the exoskeleton is made of
- Studentdo bees have millions of layers?
Bugscope Teamthey have a few layers of chitin (which is the stuff their exoskeleton is made of). It is similar to how we have multiple layers of skin
- Studenthow many hairs there are on the bee
Bugscope Teamthere are setae and also microsetae, and there are thousands of each
- Studentwhat are those things on the bee that look like crystals?
Bugscope Teamsometimes we find crystals of liquid that has dried
- Studentis the bee sting broken?
Bugscope Teamno it is not sticking out very far, though
- Studentare the hair soft
- 8:35 am
- Studentdoes the stinger go into the bees body because it looks very small?
Bugscope Teamsometimes you cannot see the stinger because it is all the way inside
- Studentis the bee all sorrounded by hairs
Bugscope Teamyes it is; the setae help the bee maintain a more constant body temperature
- Studentthe stinger dosent look so sharp
Bugscope Teamit may not look like it under the microscope but it is very sharp to us. What really hurts is the venom they sting us with
- StudentWhat are those things sticking out
- Studentwhy is there so many pointy things?
- Studentwhat are the things sticking out
- Studentis the stinger attached to any vital part of the bees inside
Bugscope Teamif the stinger is pulled off, the hemolymph (insect blood) will drain out and the bee will die
- Studenthow big is the antenna
Bugscope Teamlooks like they are 6 to 7 mm long
- Studentwhat are those little holes?
Bugscope Teamthere were places in antenna where the setae (hairs) fell off.
- Studentwhat are the little holes
Bugscope Teamthose are part of the chemosensory components of the antenna
- Student does a bee have 4 wings
Bugscope Teamyes it does, and the fore and hindwings connect when they fly, so they have essentially two wings when they fly
- Studenthow it the antenna attach
Bugscope Teamit is a ball and socket joint. You can even see part of the ball
- Studenti thought only beetles had mandibles
Bugscope Teamlots of insects have mandibles
- Studentwhen bees bite do they inject something into you
- Studentare those the teeth
Bugscope Teamthey are the jaws. They don't have teeth like us, but they use their jaws to do that
- Studentare the antennas really small?
Bugscope Teamthey are fairly big with respect to the size of the head
- StudentHow much antennas are there in the picture
Bugscope Teamyou can see only one very well right now
- Student/why is it like bars
Bugscope Teamthe segments make it more flexible
- Studentwhy do they have mandibles when they have a proboscis?
Bugscope Teamoften they will have both
- Studentwhat happens when it stings you
Bugscope Teamyou have a reaction to the sting, and the sting keeps pumping venom into you; the bee bleeds to death
- Studentit look like a nail pf a human
- 8:40 am
- StudentWhata are those jagged things
Bugscope Teamthose are the edges of the mandibles
- StudentHow thin is a honeybees wing?
- Studentwhat are the three points???
Bugscope Teamthey're kind of like the tines of a fork, on the mandibles
- Studentwhy does the bee bleed to death
- Studenthow long is the sting
Bugscope Teamit is relatively short, maybe a few mm, but it has jagged edges that get caught in your skin
- Studenthow big is the wing
Bugscope Teamyou can see part of one now; it is maybe a centimeter long. there are four wings
- Studenthow big is the bee
- Studentcan the bees move their antenna
Bugscope Teamyes they can!
- StudentWhen we were looking at the stinger it didn't look sharp at all. Why is that?
- Studentwhat is that?
- Studentwhy is there hair on the mandibles
Bugscope Teamthe hair helps tell the bee when they are touching something
- Studenthow wide is the stinger
Bugscope TeamI think a hundred microns or so -- we should go see and use the scalebar to help figure that out.
- Studentis this the wing?
Bugscope Teamyes it is
- Studentwhat are the lines on the wings
- Studentwhy is the stinger coming out of a hole?
Bugscope Teamthat is the abdomen -- the round belly of the bee that looks like a tail to us
- Studentare those barbs on the edge of the wing?
Bugscope Teamthose are hamuli
- Studenthow long is the wing
Bugscope Teamyou can look at the scalebar and get a good estimate. the scalebar is just below the image on the screen
- Studentthe wing looks very thin. How thin?
Bugscope Teamit is indeed very thin, probably tens of micrometers
- Studentis the wing flat
Bugscope Teamfairly flat
- Studentwhy are there sharp spikes coming out of their wing?
Bugscope Teamthose are the hamuli. They hook together the fore- and hind wings so that it is more like flying with one set of wings
- 8:45 am
- Studentdoes this bee have scales?
Bugscope Teamno it doesn't
- Studentwhats a hamuli?
Bugscope Teamhamuli are the hooks that connect the hind- and forewing when the bee or wasp flies
- Bugscope Teamthese are the hamuli
- Studenthow good is there hearing
Bugscope Teamit is pretty good; they use their setae to listen as well -- sound is a vibration they can pick up with their setae
- Studentwhat are those barbed thiings?
Bugscope Teamthose are the hamuli
- Studentwhat do they eat?
- Studentwhat are the stripes
- Studentare there hairs on the wing
Bugscope Teamyes there are
- Bugscope Teamthe hamuli are clips that the bee uses to connect the fore- and hindwings when the bee flies
- Studentwhat are the spikes not on the top of the wing but on the wing?
Bugscope Teamthose are microsetae; they strengthen the wing and also prevent it from sticking too tightly to a surface when the wing is wet
- Studenthow long do honey bees live up to?
Bugscope Teamthe queen may live for a few years; I think most bees live for 6 weeks or so
- Studenthow small is a reguler bee(not put under a microscope) in centimeters?
Bugscope Teamoften less than 2 centimeters
- 8:50 am
- Studenthow long is the wing?
Bugscope TeamI think about a centimeter.
- Studentare those arcs or hooks?
Bugscope Teamthey are hooks, you just can't see the ends from here
- Studentwhat are those spikes?
Bugscope Teamthose are microsetae, which are not sensory
- Studentis a bees skin a close compareson to ours?
Bugscope Teamit's not really skin -- it's more like a shell, like a shrimp shell. and that is why they have all of those setae sticking through it -- so they can sense the environment
- Studentwhat are the white lines on the wing
Bugscope Teamthose are wrinkles in the wing
- Studentwhen do new born bees fly?
Bugscope Teamfrom about 16 to 24 days after they are eggs
- Studentwhat is that?
Bugscope Teamnow we can see that the head is about 2 millimeters wide
- Bugscope Teaminsects do not have skin, or teeth; they have an exoskeleton, which is like if we were wearing a suit of armor
- Bugscope Teamthe mandibles are hardened with elements such as calcium or zinc
- 8:58 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is a stinkbug...
- TeacherOur next class has just arrived. Just getting them oriented. The questions will start to stream in again...:)
- Bugscope Teamcool
- Bugscope Teamback onto the bee head
- Bugscope Teamyou are driving a $600,000 scanning electron microscope from your classroom
- Bugscope Teamthe images that you see are live images from the microscope, but the insects are dead
- Bugscope Teamthe insects have been mounted on an aluminum stub and coated with gold-palladium to make them conductive
- Bugscope Teamthe images we see are in black and white because we are not using light
- TeacherAre different layers on the eye, or just one layer?
Bugscope Teamwe are looking only at the surface of the eye -- there are other internal components
- Bugscope Teamthe facets we see are like individual lenses
- 9:03 am
- Bugscope Teamhaving a compound eye gives the insect much better peripheral vision
- Bugscope Teamalso, it lets the insect see and react quickly to changes in the visual field
- Studentwhat are the dots on the eye?
- Bugscope Teamthere is a multitude of images generated by all of those dots -- the lenses of the compound eye
- StudentAre those hairs around the eyes?
- Studentwhy does the bee's eye look like it's a pattern
Bugscope Teamit is a pattern that best suits the domelike shape of the eye
- StudentWhy do Bees need a a proboscis what does it help them do
Bugscope Teamthe proboscis helps them gather nectar and pollen
- Studenthow many of the little squares are there?
Bugscope Teamthere are several thousand per compound eye
- StudentAre the dots square or round?
- Studenthow do they pick up pollen with their legs ( pollen baskets)
Bugscope Teamthis bee does not have pollen baskets, but when they do have them, they spread pollen onto the baskets, where it gathers almost like butter
- Studentare there nay patterns on the bugs?
- Studentwhat are the squares called?
- Studentwhat are the hairs for?
Bugscope Teammany of the hairs, called 'setae,' are sensory
- StudentHow big is the eye and how big are the hairs???
- 9:08 am
- Bugscope Teaminsects have setae because they do not have skin; instead they have an exoskeleton, which is like a shell
- Studentso is the pollen sticky, or does it just stick naturally?
Bugscope Teamit is sticky
- Studentwhy does a bee need a forewing and a hindwing
- Studenthow come the bee's eye looks ike a pattern on a beehive
Bugscope Teamthe same pattern repeats itself in nature; it is the best shape for close packing of something that is basically round into a dome
- StudentWhat is the Antennae for?
Bugscope Teamthe antennae have lots and lots of setae and other types of chemical sensors on them
- Studenthow many hairs do they have
Bugscope Teamthousands, and they have a variety of purposes
- StudentWhy is the eye called compound eye
- Studenthow fast do the bees fly
- Studentwhat are the simple eyes for?
Bugscope Teamthe simple eyes, called ocelli, help the insect keep from getting lost
- Studenthow strong is the bees bite force
- Studentwhy do the bees die when they sting
- Studentdo the black and yellow strips help them
Bugscope Teamin zebras the alternating black and yellow stripes confuse biting flies; it is possible there is a similar function with bees avoiding parasitic wasps
- Studentwhy do they need the the pollen basket
- Studentwhats the difference between the hindwing andthe forwing
Bugscope Teamone is smaller, and one has clips on it so that they can both connect
- Studentwhat is the largest bee
- Studenthow strong is the bees sting
Bugscope Teamit is made of hardened chitin, probably comparable to the mandibles we see now
- 9:13 am
- Studentwhat does the hindwing do?
- Studenthow do they make the honey
Bugscope TeamI believe it is mostly nectar mixed with saliva
- Studentare the antenna for feel,smell,or another sence
Bugscope Teammostly for smell, but also feel and also for hot/cold sensing
- StudentDoes pollen basket suck in nectar or it just sticks?
Bugscope Teamthe pollen basket holds pollen, and pollen is sticky
- Studentwhat are the hairs for
Bugscope Teamsome of the fine hairs (setae) are for thermoregulation -- maintaining a constant body temperature
- Studentwhy are the stingers only on females
- StudentHow many simple eyes does the bee have????
- Studenthow many eyes do bees have
- Studentwhat are the antene for
Bugscope Teamthe antennae help the bees pick up chemical scents in the environment
- Studentwhat is the difrene betwen a bee and a wasp
- Studentdo bees sting other bees
Bugscope Teamyes but it does not kill them to sting other insects, only mammals
- Studenthow many joints on a bees body
Bugscope Teamnot sure, but we could try to count; just one limb could have 20 jouints
- Studentare sometimes bees canibals and if yes what are the name of the spicies
- StudentDo bees have hearts??
Bugscope Teamkind of
- Studentwhat are the little hairs on the anttena called
- Studentsem ,do they have a noes
Bugscope Teamnot like we do; they breathe through spiracles and smell using various setae
- Studenthow many sections on a bees anttena
- Studenthow big can bees get
- StudentHow fast can a bee fly
- 9:18 am
- Studentwhat does the antonomy of a bee look like
Bugscope Teamthey have a head, two antennae, mandibles, a proboscis with a tongue called a glossa, four palps, a thorax, two wings, an abdomen, six legs...
- Studentwhat animal eats a honey bee
- Studenthow do bees make honey
- StudentIs there any visable difference between a queen bee and the workers
- Studentwhat are the teeth things
- Studentwhy do bees die when they sting people
Bugscope Teambecause human (mammal) skin is thick, and the stinger gets caught in it and torn out
- StudentHow many pollin baskets do they have
Bugscope Teamone on each side
- StudentWhere is bees heart located
Bugscope Teaminside the body
- StudentHow big are they?
- Studenthow old can it be
- Studenthow long do bees live
Bugscope Teama queen can live 3 to 5 years, but workers and drones live from maybe 40 days to a few months
- Studenthow long can they fly
- Studentwhen honey bee dies what happens to it
Bugscope Teamits body is recycled by bacteria and fungus and other insects that might eat the body
- StudentHow big can it get
- StudentHow big can a bee be
- Studentwhy is the bee so hairy
- Studentwhy is the stinger only on females
- StudentHow big is the stnger
- StudentWhy are they so hairy?
Bugscope Teamsome of the setae (hairs) help regulate the temperature, some produce color, and some of the larger setae are sensory -- for touch, hot/cold, and chemicals in the air
- StudentWhat do bees use their jaws for?
Bugscope Teamthey chew things like pollen, etc.
- StudentDo they eat the honey
- StudentWhat is the stinger made of
Bugscope Teamit's made of chitin, the same material the rest of the exoskeleton is made of
- StudentCan bees be twins?
- StudentWhat happens to the queen when it dies
Bugscope Teamit is tossed out of the hive and a new queen is 'activated'
- 9:24 am
- StudentWhat do the bees do in the winter?
- StudentWhat is royal jelly
Bugscope Teamthat is what is fed to prospective queens in greater quantities than to workers or drones so that the queens become queems
- Studenthow meny times can a bee sting
Bugscope Teamthe honeybee stinger has barbs on it, which when used on a mammal's skin, makes the stinger get stuck, which is why the honeybee can only sting once. Bumblebees and wasps can sting multiple times
- Studenthow long is a bee
Bugscope Teama few centimeters
- StudentHow long do they live?
Bugscope Teamqueens can live a couple years, but the rest of the bees live for a few weeks
- StudentHow bigis a bee hive
- StudentHow many eggs does the queen lay a day
Bugscope Teama well-fed queen at the right time of year can lay 2000 eggs/day
- StudentHow much pollen can a bee hold in their pollen baskets?
- StudentHow big is the biggest bee
Bugscope Teamthey can be several centimeters long, and normally the biggest would be a queen
- Studenthow much honey does a colony of bees collect per year
- StudentI know there are types of bees but what is this bee?
- Studentcan a queen bee sting more than once????
- Student collect per day
- Studentcan animals die from a bee sting?????????
- StudentHow come only female bees have stingers?
Bugscope Teamthe stingers are also ovipositors, where the eggs come out
- StudentIs it easier to see through the simple eyes or the compound eye?
Bugscope Teamthe simple eyes only register light and dark, we think, so the compound eyes are better
- StudentCan a bee have 2 stingers?????????????
- StudentHow much bees live in one hive?????
Bugscope Teamat the height of the season, there could be around 50,000 bees in a hive
- StudentHow much honey can a bee make in a day?
- 9:29 am
- Studentwhat are the hairs on the edge for?????
- StudentHow many worker bees are there in a colony
Bugscope Teamthere can be a few thousand to millions depending on the size of the colony and the species of bees
- Studentdo different bees have different hive?
Bugscope Teamyes, different species wouldn't live together. also when there are too many bees in a hive, some will migrate and build a new hive
- StudentWhat is the wing made out of
Bugscope Teamit is made of chitin, kind of like what your fingernails are made of
- Studenthow strong are a live bees wings
- StudentHow much nectar is needed to make a jar of honey?
- StudentWhere is there heart???????????????????
Bugscope Teamit is inside the body cavity; they have an open circulation, however; it's not like they have veins and arteries
- Studentwhat does a live bee eat besides necter
- StudentHow much honey is there made in a year and a day?????
- StudentHow many worker bees are there in a colony
Bugscope Teammost of the bees in a hive are workers, so there are around 20,000 or so workers
- Studentwhat is a hamuli
- Studenthow many eggs can a queen bee lay in her life time?????????
Bugscope Teamabout a million eggs!
- Studentwhat is a hamuli
- StudentHow long is the forewing? The hindwing?
Bugscope Teamwe can see that they are close to the same length, about 6 to 7 millimeters
- StudentCan there ever be 2 queens?????????????????????????????
- Studentwhat are those spike
Bugscope Teamthose are hamuli, which are hooks that connect the fore- and hindwings when the bee flies
- Studenthow many bees can live in a hive?????????
- StudentHow much necter does a worker bee collect in a day
Bugscope TeamI am not sure.
- StudentHow many eggs can a queen lay in a day?
Bugscope Teamsome of the references say 2000
- StudentHow big is a hair
Bugscope Teamthey can be a few millimeters to much smaller
- Studentwhat do the wax glands do????
- 9:34 am
- StudentHow strong are bees wings
Bugscope Teamthey wear their wings out over a few weeks and cannot fly; whereupon they may be eaten by other insects
- Studentwhat is a hamuli
Bugscope Teamthey are hooks that are used to attach the fore- and hind-wings together to make it fly like there is just one set of wings
- StudentHow many bees are there ina caolony
Bugscope Team5000 to over 100,000, generally
- StudentHow many hairs are on the average sized bee?
- StudentDo the forewing and the hindwing look the same or different?
- StudentHow many hairs on the average sized bee
- Studentwhy do the bee's sting
Bugscope Teamit's to protect their hive when they feel threathened
Bugscope Teamthreatened even
- StudentThank you for answering our questions!
- Studentthank you for answering our questions
- StudentHow many males are ther in a colon
Bugscope Teamthere can be 300-3000 drones
- Studentthank you
- StudentThank you!!!!
- TeacherWe are wrapping up this class. Mrs. N's class says "We are very thankful for your teaching us about bees!"
Bugscope TeamThank You!
- Studentthank you
- Bugscope Teamsorry we could not get to everyone's questions
- StudentDo bees ever not work and have FUN??????????????
Bugscope Teamno sorry
- StudentCan they have different colared wings??
Bugscope Teamthey usually have transparent wings
- Studentwhy do the bees sting?
Bugscope Teamto protect the hive, generally
- TeacherOur next class is coming in about 5 minutes, I will orient them and then the questions will start! :)
- Studenthow can a live bee fly if it has such thin wings?
Bugscope Teameventually the wings will become shredded and the bee will not be able to fly
- 9:44 am
- Bugscope Teambee right back...
- Bugscope Teamobee kaybee I am back
- TeacherHi from Mrs. R's class!
- Bugscope Teamplease let us know when you have questions about bees or other insects or how the scanning electron microscope works
- Bugscope TeamHello!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamWe have one bee in the 'scope today, and lots of other insects/arthropods.
- Bugscope Teamthis is the bee...
- Bugscope Teamyou can see its head, its antennae, its compound eyes, and its mandibles
- Bugscope Teamthe pollen basket is basically the bee's knee
- 9:49 am
- TeacherIn size, how big is the pollen basket?
Bugscope Teamsometimes they are on one sides of one set of limbs and just a few millimeters long rear limbs
- Bugscope Teamthis is part of one of the compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamthey're called compound eyes because they have many individual facets called ommatidia that function as individual lenses
- Studentwhy are the intenas different ways
Bugscope Teamthe antennae are moveable, so they are oriented however the insect wants them
- Studentis the eye made of the san
Bugscope Teamthe compound eye is made of the same stuff as the exoskeleton- chitin. There are thousands of ommatidia within the eye, which are the individual facets.
- StudentHow big is the bee's knee
Bugscope Teamjust a few millimeters -- very small
- Studentwhat is the compound eye
Bugscope Teamit means there are facets within it that can each see something
- Studentwhat type of bee is it?
Bugscope TeamI am not sure -- it is likely a worker rather than a drone, since it has relatively small eyes
- Studentis the eye made of the same material as the human eye?
Bugscope Teamno. they are made of various kinds of protein, and many components are made of chitin
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that the ommatidia are scratched up
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- Studenthow fast do bees work?
Bugscope Teamthey can fly 12 to 15 to 20 miles per hour, and they don't really waste time; hard to say just how fast they work, though
- Studenthow do bees sting
Bugscope Teamthey do it to protect the hive.
- Studenthow wide in millmeters are their wings?
Bugscope Teamthese are perhaps 3 to 4 millimeters, maybe a bit wider at the widest point
- Studentwhat is the average amount of pollen they can carry
Bugscope Teamit has to be just a few milligrams; I am not sure
- Studentis the wing transparent?
Bugscope Teamyes though you can't really see that with this microscope. This microscope uses electrons to image. The electrons are beamed at the sample and secondary electrons bounce off the surface. So essentially we only see the surface of things
- Studenthow long is the tounge?
Bugscope Teamit can be a few millimeters in some bees
- Bugscope Teamnow we are looking at the mandibles, which are like our jaws
- Bugscope Teamthe mandibles help grasp things and also chew
- Studentdo bees have breaks from working?
Bugscope Teamthey have a somnolent state, kind of like sleeping
- Studentwhere are the most bees found in the US?
Bugscope Teamthey are everywhere, but mostly where it is warmer
- Studentwhat do bees do in the winter
Bugscope Teamsometimes the bees, especially the queens will overwinter in houses or will burrow a hole in the ground
- 9:59 am
- Bugscope Teamin the winter, people who raise bees may feed them high-fructose corn syrup. that is said to be potentially one reason for colony collapse disorder, because corn had been sprayed with insecticide and was then processed into HFCS.
- StudentDo bee's have teeth
Bugscope Teamnot really -- sometimes the mandibles are hardened with calcium or zind
- Bugscope Teamoops I meant to type 'zinc'
- Studentare there any poisoned bees
Bugscope Teamyes there are, still
- StudentDo some bees not sting?
Bugscope Teamyes some species do not sting; when I lived in Okinawa we had big fat 'tickle bees' that did not sting.
- Studenthow do the bees cover the cells with wax (how do they make it) ?
Bugscope Teamthe wax is said to come from glands in the legs of some bees
- Bugscope Teamwhen the honey has aged properly the cells with honey in them are sealed with wax
- StudentHow bog is a bee
Bugscope Teammost are less than 2 centimeters long
- Bugscope Teamthis is cool -- this is a segment of the antenna
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that it has a variety of setae on it
- Studentdo bees steal honey from other hives?
Bugscope TeamI don't think they do, but animals do.
- StudentHow many hairs on a bees body??
Bugscope Teamthere are too many hairs to count. There are even more hairs on a bumblebee
- Studenthow long is a antenna
Bugscope Teamthey can be several millimeters long
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- StudentHow many kinds of bees are there?
Bugscope Teamthere are said to be about 20,000 species of bees
- Bugscope Teammany of the sensory structures on the antenna are chemosensors
- Bugscope Teamthe long narrow pits are called placoid sensillae
- Student how hevy can a bee whight
Bugscope Teama worker is said to weigh about 90 milligrams; that is less than a tenth of a gram
- Studenthow many eggs will they lay?
Bugscope Teama healthy queen, well fed and in the right season, can lay 2000 eggs per day
- StudentCan Bees close their eyes??
Bugscope Teamno they do not have eyelids like we do. The only way they can get stuff out of their eyes is by using their forelegs to gently wipe the dirt or dust away
- StudentDo bees have any other property besides the hive:]?
Bugscope Teamthey protect the area around the hive as well
- Studentdo bees have a heart?
Bugscope Teamthey have an aorta, to us like a primitive heart, that pumps hemolymph within the body cavity
- Bugscope Teamyou can see lots of setae on the bee's face
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- Bugscope Teamthe 'hairs' we see are called 'setae,' pronounced see-tee.
- Studentdo bees carry any desiese
Bugscope Teamthey can but they aren't commutable to humans
- Bugscope Teamwhich is where the sting is
- Bugscope Teammost of the sting is on the inside, normally
- Studentis there any layers on the stinger
- Studentdo bees have noses
Bugscope Teamnot like we do, but they have special hairs that can smell or taste things
- Studenthow many types of bees die after they sting
Bugscope Teamjust honey bees do
- Bugscope Teamwhen honeybees sting other insects, they do not die; it is only when they sting mammals that the stinger gets caught in the thick skin and pulled out of the bee, whereupon it bleeds out and dies
- StudentWhy are bees yellow
Bugscope Teamthe yellow is to warn other things to leave them alone.
- Studentdo bees have more than 1 stinger
Bugscope Teamjust one, but it has parts that can slide side by side to cut into you
- Studenthow big is the queen bee
Bugscope Teamthe queen bee is the biggest of the bees and may be several centimeters -- like four centimeters -- long
- Bugscope Teamyou can barely see the ridges to the right center that help the stinger cut into your skin
- Studentwhy do bees die right after they sting?
Bugscope Teamit's the bees that lose their stinger that do. There is a muscle attached to the stinger that pumps the venom into its victims. That comes out with the stinger and the bee essentially bleeds out. The little muscle will continue to pump venom for a little while
- Bugscope Teamonly females have stingers, which are modified ovipositors
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- Studentdo bees have hands
Bugscope Teamthey have six grasping claws that function like hands do for us
- Studenthow do they breath
Bugscope Teamthey breathe through a series of pores in the body that are called spiracles
- Bugscope Teaman ovipositor is used to lay eggs, so only females have them
- Bugscope Teamgood job driving!
- Bugscope Teamyou can now see how the stinger cuts you
- Studenthow big are the egg
Bugscope Teamin honeybees the eggs are said to be 1 to 1.5 millimeters long
- Studentdo they eat other insects
Bugscope Teamno they don't
- Studenthow do you know what is the queen bee besides size
Bugscope TeamThey are distorted looking when they quit flying and spend the rest of their lives inside the hive. The abdomen is large compared to that of the other bees.
- Studenthow long is the stinger?
Bugscope Teamthis one is just a few millimeters but we cannot see all of it
- Studenthow many bees can live in a hive ???
Bugscope Teamaround 50,000 can live in a hive
- Bugscope Teamnow we are looking at the limbs
- Studentis their twin eggs
Bugscope Teami don't think so, but I am not really sure
- 10:20 am
- StudentHow do bees sting
Bugscope Teamthey point the tip of their abdomen at you and use their muscles to make the stinger come out
- Studenthow long is a baby bee concidered a baby bee
Bugscope TeamI think about 16 to 24 days from egg to being able to fly
- Bugscope TeamI have read that eventually the wings get torn up from incessant flying. when the bee cannot fly it will get eaten by something else.
- Bugscope Teamthis is one of the hindwings, which has hooks on it called hamuli
- Bugscope Teamwe can see the hooks now
- Studenthow do queen bees becom queen bees
- Bugscope Teamthey fasten over a ridge on the back edge of the forewing so that when the bee flies it essentially has two wings
- Studentcan bees get sick
Bugscope Teamyes they can get diseases
- Studenthow do queen bees become queen bees?
Bugscope Teamthey are fed more Royal Jelly than other bees, and it stimulates the response.
- 10:25 am
- Studenthow far can a bee fly without stoping
Bugscope Teamthey can fly 20 miles per hour when they are not burdened; I think they fly constantly during daylight hours when the temperature and wind/rain are not bad, as well as the sunlight.
- Studentwhat happens when a queen bee dies
Bugscope Teamthey could either try to quickly make a new queen bee by giving a larva some royal jelly. If they can't make a new queen the hive will die
- Studenthow do bee's communicate while flying?
Bugscope TeamI think they can produce pheromones while they fly, but I am not sure. They also use visual signals, as when they dance (not while they're flying) to tell the other bees how far away and where a pollen source is.
- Studentcan there be two queen bee's?
Bugscope Teamif there is a second queen bee, she would leave the hive and make a new hive somewhere else
- Studenthow do bees learn to fly
Bugscope Teamit is pretty much automatic
- Bugscope Teamprospective queen bees are said to fight to the death --- if there is more than one
- Studentwhat is royal jelly
Bugscope Teamit's made by worker bees from special glands they have
- Studentcan a queen bee kill a worker bee?
- Studenthow large can a hive its self??????????
Bugscope Teamthere can be 100,000 bees easily
- Bugscope Teamthis is the tip of the wing
- Bugscope Teamwhat we see now is about a half millimeter
- Bugscope Teamyou can use the micron bar to determine lengths
- Studentare bees asinged a sertent flower or area
Bugscope Teamthey go where the flowers are, and they have preferences
- 10:30 am
- Bugscope Teambees can't see red, but they can see blue green and UV
- Bugscope Teamthe type of flower makes a difference in how the honey tastes
- Bugscope Teamthe wing has what are called microsetae on it that are not sensory
- Bugscope Teamthe microsetae clearly add surface area and also likely help with thermoregulation
- Studentwhat is the most kind of flower do they get there ncter from
Bugscope Teamthey go to all kinds of flowers
- Studentdo bees argue with eachother and what do they do if they argue
Bugscope Teamthey don't really argue; they have a common scent, and if they all smell that way they get along
- Studentdo bees disstrack there enemy
Bugscope Teamoften it is by stinging
- Studenthow do bees make a hive
Bugscope Teamno it would be just one species. the bees would be able to smell the difference
- Studentcan there be two kinds of bee's in one hive?
Bugscope Teamnot two species, but there are worker bees and drone bees in the same hive, plus the queen
- 10:36 am
- StudentWhat is the most dangerous type of bee of any time?
Bugscope Teampresently the Africanized honeybees are very dangerous, still, because they are so aggressive and attack in large numbers.tt
- Studentwhat is the purpose of buzzing
Bugscope Teamit doesn't mean anything to the bees. The buzzing is the sound of the bees flapping
- Studentdo bees have preiters
- Bugscope Teamone professor thinks that loud buzzing helps shake pollen off of flowers
- TeacherMrs. R's class is about to leave us.
- Studentare bees at the bottom of the food chain?
Bugscope Teamno; they are likely somewhere in the middle.
- Student how did bee's get their name?
Bugscope Teamit is Old English, apparently, and may once have been 'beo'
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