Connected on 2014-02-25 11:40:00
from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
- 10:36 am
- Bugscope Teampumping down now
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- 11:12 am
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready to go!
- 12:25 pm
- Bugscope Teamhi!
- 12:30 pm
- Bugscope Teamhello everyone!
- Bugscope Teamwelcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamwe are looking at an antenna of a big bee
- Bugscope Teami can give control of the driving to any student if you want
- Guestthis is ms. frederick
- Bugscope Teamplease dont be afraid to ask any questions you may have
- Guestyou can give control to skylarklette
- GuestNow its Elizabeth
- Guestare those hairs on the anntenna?
Bugscope Teamyes there were hairs
- StudentAre the white spots individual cells?
Bugscope Teamno the spots in the background are features of the carbon tape the insects are stuck to
- StudentHave any of these bugs come from another place?
Bugscope Teamhmm I think some of the ants (the ones with stingers) are from Texas. There are a lot of insects on here that are from an entomologist
- StudentIs this the head of a ant
Bugscope Teamyes. the mouth on that ant was very large. I think it was a leafcutter ant
- Bugscope Teamthis is special salt that came from wendy's
- 12:35 pm
- Guestwhat are the cracks in the backround?
Bugscope Teamthat is the carbon tape. it helps ground electrical charge and also works well with sticking things on
- Bugscope Teamthe salt has a special anticaking agent that makes it look like it is aztec
- Studentapple jacks
- Guestwhy is only black and white
Bugscope Teamwe are using electrons to image and not light. A lot of times people ad false color to electron images (like when you see terminex or orkin bug images or pictures of cells)
- Guesto thank you
- Guestcan we look at another image
- Bugscope Teamnormal salt just looks like a cube without any cool feautres
- Bugscope Teamfeatures...
- Studentchange da pic mane
- Bugscope Teamthe left blue and white arrow will show you other places we can look at
- Bugscope Teamhere is a claw. Insects have a claw on each leg
- StudentWhat part of the body is that
Bugscope Teamthis is a claw at the end of a leg
- Guestare those hair
- Studentwhat is that
- 12:40 pm
- Guestwhat is the middle of the claw
Bugscope Teamthere are special hairs that help tell the insect when there is something there and it will close its claw
- Bugscope Teamthe hairs help give the insects a sense of touch
- GuestWhat is in the background
Bugscope Teamthat is the body of the beetle, and to the left is a little pollen grain
- Bugscope Teamthe exoskeleton is like a suit of armor for an insect. The hairs give information about its surroundings to the insect
- Bugscope Teamhere is a bee tongue
- Bugscope Teamit laps up liquids with it, like nectar
- Guestwhy does it look like a cloth
- Guestis the tongue ripped
Bugscope Teamno, it has little ridges on it
- Guestwhy does it look like it is a dress
- Guestis the tongue rough?
Bugscope Teamit probably is, but to us, we would barely feel it because it is so small
- Guestwhat do the ridges do?
Bugscope Teamthe ridges help grab the liquid
- Studentwhat beetle
- Bugscope Teamhere is a little mite that was living on a beetle
- StudentWhat part of the beetles body is that
Bugscope Teamon the thorax
- Studentwat kinda scientist is you
- StudentHow big is the mite compared the the beetle?
Bugscope Teamvery very small. like if a ladybug was on us
- Studentwhat kind of scientist are you?
Bugscope Teami have a background in physics, but i have been doing this for so long that I am like a junior entomologist. I also train students to use the microscope you are using right now
- Guestwhat the thorax
Bugscope Teamit's the part that the legs are attached to- the middle section
- 12:45 pm
- Studentchange the picture
- Teacherwhy do mites feed on animal or human
Bugscope Teamsome like to eat dead skin cells and some mite drink blood. We don't know too much about those ones like we just saw, but I don't think they really bother the insect too much
- Guestwhat is a entomologist?
Bugscope Teamthey study bugs
- GuestWhat is tge mite doing
Bugscope Teamit just looked like it was sitting on it. They seem to die when the host dies
- Bugscope Teamsome mites, like dust mites, will appear after they have died and have been sitting somewhere dusty
- Bugscope Teamthese are pollen grains from lilies
- Studentwhat is a lily pollen
Bugscope Teampollen grains found on lily flowers
- Bugscope Teamragweed look like balls that have spikes all over it.
- Guestwhar are the streaks on the side
Bugscope Teamon the left? those are cracks in the carbon tape
- Guestwhere are the pollen going
Bugscope Teami shook them off the flower to the tape
- Bugscope Teamthis is a stinger found on a red ant
- Bugscope Teami think Scott, who isn't here today, picked these up in Texas
- Guestwhat is the size of the stinger?
- 12:51 pm
- Guestwhat is the ant stinger
- Studenthow long is an ant stinger exactly?
- Guestwhat does an ant do wth a stinger
Bugscope Teamthey are usually for defensive purposes. they use them to cut into people or animals and then spray or inject formic acid into the wound
- StudentWhat's around the stinger?
- Bugscope Teamants will also use their jaws to cut and then spray formic acid from its abdomen
- Bugscope Teamhalf a millimeter or smaller
- Bugscope Teamthere are hairs at the base of the stinger and underneath is more carbon tape
- Guestis the acid toxic/can it hurt an organism?
Bugscope Teamoh yes. it burns
- Bugscope Teamit's not like bee venom though
- StudentWhat is around the stinger/
- Bugscope Teamladybugs love to eat aphids. they are pests
- Guestwhat is the ting on its face
Bugscope Teamthey have a proboscis (like an elephant's trunk) that they use to drink plant juice
- StudentWhat was around the ant stinger?
- StudentWhat was around the ant stinger?
Bugscope Teamcarbontape features?
- Bugscope Teamaphids usually don't have wings unless they are running out of plants to eat, then the next generation will have wings so they can move on
- Studentare those wings
Bugscope Teamgoing along and behind the body- yes
- GuestThank you for your time !!!
- StudentThank You! Goodbye!
- StudentBYE BYE
- 12:56 pm
- Bugscope Teamyou're welcome. thank you for your great questions!
- GuestThank you, goodbye.
- Guestbye/thank you
- Bugscope Teambye!
- 1:32 pm
- Bugscope Teamhello!
- Bugscope Teamif you need me to give control to a person let me know
- Studentcan you give control to leanna and torron please?
- StudentTHis is Ms. Fredericj
- Bugscope TeamYou have control
- Bugscope Teamthis is an ant comb found on the leg. they use them to clean their antennae
- Bugscope Teamants rely on their antennae for information. some ants don't even have eyes, because they don't need them with all the time they spend in the ground
- Bugscope Teamthe comb is the 'feathered' part
- 1:38 pm
- Studentwhat is your favorite part of your job?
Bugscope Teami never get bored. I train students to use the microscope you are using today.
- Bugscope Teami always see different types of samples, not just insects
- Studentthank you
- Bugscope Teamsome people images scaffolds, which they will grow cells on
- Studentdo you touch bugs everyday
Bugscope Teamno not usually. we do bugscope about 2 times a week
- Bugscope Teamthe images are black and white because we are using electrons to image and not light.
- Bugscope Teamthe electron images you might see in textbooks or in bug commercials are usually falsely colored
- Studentwhat is your job like?
Bugscope Teamwhen I'm not doing bugscope, i train or help users to prepare and image their samples in various microscopes
- Studentwe are having some connectivity problems.
- Student what kinda bugs u have?
Bugscope Teamtoday we have some ants, a bee, a beetle, a praying mantis, some aphids, salt, pollen, a weevil
- Studentwhat is your favorite bug ?
Bugscope Teami like bees because they have a lot of cool features and sometimes you can find pollen on them
- 1:43 pm
- Studentwhat is your favorite bug ?
- StudentWhat made u like working with bugs
Bugscope Teammy background is in physics, but i have been working with bugscope since 2005 so I know a lot about bugs. I don't mind working with bugs, but I like working with students like you more by answering questions
- Studentdo you ever have to touche the bugs or do you just do the reserch and look
Bugscope Teamoh i have touched my fair share of insects. I don't usually like to touch the squirmy kinds like larvae, but there are some i don't mind handling. It's always a bit scary when some schools send live insects
- Bugscope Teamwhen imaging insects in this microscope, they have to be dead and dried out because we put them under a vacuum. it would take a lot of time to pump down if they were still juicy
- Studentwhat type of bugs do you research
Bugscope Teami don't really research them myself, but I have helped a lot of entomologists image their samples. Some like to look at chemosensory setae, which are hairs that like to pick up certain chemicals
- Studenthow long have you been working with bugs?
Bugscope Teami started working here in 2005 after I graduated from the University of Illinois here
- Studentthank you.
- StudentWhere does the name antamology
- Studentwhat inspired you to work with bugs?
Bugscope Teamwe like to use bugs for bugscope because people like to look up and close at things that are around them. they also tend to keep their shape well when they dry out after they die. that's why we don't look at worms.
- 1:49 pm
- Bugscope Teamentomon comes from greek for insect
- StudentWhat part of your job is the most interesting or exciting? - Kevin
Bugscope Teami never get bored. i like to help people with their research and help them find exactly what they were hoping to see when they image their samples. it is nice to successfully help someone
- Studenthow long have you been interested in bugs?
Bugscope Teami don't mind insects, but that's not the only thing i deal with
- Bugscope Teamhere is the underside of an ant head. it is very big and muscly. i think it is a leafcutter ant
- Bugscope Teamthe background is carbon tape(the bubbles) and the smoother part is where i dabbed on some silver paint to help the insects stick better (like glue)
- StudentWhat is the most dangerous part of a praying mantis? - Riley
Bugscope Teamtheir front legs probably. they use them to grab onto something so they can't get away, and then they bite into their prey
- Studentwhere does the name antamology come from?
Bugscope Teamit's entomology and it is greek for the study of insects
- StudentThank you!
- Bugscope Teamyou can see a little bit of a compound eye on the upper right of the head by the antenna
- Bugscope Teamwith this microscope we can see things as small as 2 nanometers. visible light is around 300-700 nanometers
- StudentWhat is the most interesting bug you have ever studied?
- 1:54 pm
- StudentThank You! - Kevin
- Bugscope Teamhmm....not sure. one of the least interesting insects is a cockroach.
- Bugscope Teamthey are very smooth and don't have many interesting features on them
- Bugscope Teamshows they have been around for a long time
- Bugscope Teamhere is a non-insect-- salt
- StudentHow many years of schooling did you have?
Bugscope Teami have a 4-year bachelor degree.
- Bugscope Teamnormal salt just looks like cubes. this is special salt that has an anticaking agent to it that gives it that incised look to it- like aztec ruins
- StudentWhy does anthology interest you?
- StudentWhy did you become an entomologist?
Bugscope Teami am not an entomologist myself, but I work with them. They usually go on to teach or find how they may be helpful with plants or on their environment
- 1:59 pm
- Studentwhat is the biggest bug in the world?
Bugscope Teama lobster :)
- Studentis a lobster really a bug :/
- Bugscope Teamthere's a really big stick insect that could cover your back
- Bugscope Teamno. lobsters are crustaceans and so are roly-polies
- StudentWhat is the oldest bug in the world
- Studentthats cool
- Bugscope Teammaybe mites are pretty old, but so are dragonflies and cockroaches
- Studentis there a bug that can be a rock
Bugscope Teamnot that I know of
- Studentwhat is your favorite bug
- Bugscope Teamthere are little balls that look like soccer balls here
- Bugscope Teamthey are around 400-500 nanometers big and are made by leafhoppers
- Bugscope Teamthey are around the size of the wavelength of visible light
- Studentwhat is a cornicle
Bugscope Teamthey are parts on the abdomen of aphids that exude a waxy substance to protect aphids from other insects
- 2:05 pm
- Studentwhat is the most poisonist spider
- Bugscope Teamthis is on a bee. you can see the edges are serrated like a steak knife
- Bugscope Teamhere is a praying mantis head. its arms that it uses to grab prey on going above its head
- Bugscope Teamyou can see it has big compound eyes
- Studentare praying mantis an endangered species
- Bugscope Teamsome types of honeybees are thought to be endangered
- 2:11 pm
- Studentthank you
- Bugscope Teamthank you for your great questions
- StudentThamks very much