Connected on 2014-10-02 16:15:00
from Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
- 8:23 am
- Bugscope Teamsetting up
- 8:45 am
- 8:51 am
- 8:57 am
- 9:05 am
- 9:10 am
- 9:15 am
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready to roll
- 9:36 am
- 9:54 am
- GuestHello SJ, those are some great pictures!
- Bugscope Teamwe can work with you if you want. Our session just cancelled
- GuestDo you have the wasp on the stage now?
- Bugscope Teamyes it is currently in the microscope. You are seeing live images
- Bugscope TeamLou we gave you control.
- 10:00 am
- GuestDo you know what the mites feed on?
Bugscope TeamI think sometimes it's dropped food, and sometimes it's hemolymph, just depends on the mite and the host
- GuestAre these the same mites?
- Bugscope Teamthis is really beautiful
- Bugscope Teamthese mites are different from the ones we found on the beetle
- Bugscope Teamthere are mites on other insects today as well
- GuestNice mites. What are they on?
Bugscope Teamthis is the abdomen of a small wasp
- Bugscope Teamthese are little brutes, haven't seen these that I recall, in the past
- Bugscope TeamI'd been thinking they might be dustmites that came along later, but they don't look quite like dustmites, which are also softbodied, I believe, like aphids
- GuestAre they actually feeding? They resemble spider mites, so I was wondering if the wasp is an accidental carrier.
Bugscope Teamhard to tell. when we've looked at red spider mites, they are super hairy
- Bugscope Teami (cate) thought they were like baby varroa mites
- GuestTrue. True.
- Bugscope TeamThese mites may be using the wasp body as a sort of microhabitat. There are mites that live on cockroaches
- GuestAny chance I could drive over to see that other mite?
Bugscope Teamjsut click on that preset
Bugscope Teamand let us know if that does not work
- 10:05 am
- GuestThough I don't have scope control?
Bugscope Teamoops sorry now you do
- Bugscope Teamclick more!
- GuestI seem to be able to zoom in, but cannot click on a preset. Let me try again.
- Bugscope Teamno i didn't
- Bugscope Teammaybe the preet is busted
- Bugscope Teampreset*
- Bugscope Teamwhich one did you want to go to?
- GuestNope. Preset isn't working for me. I changed the mag, so that is working. Preset is not.
- GuestJust trying to take a look at the true bug ...dr d. Can you switch it to that when you're done pls?
- Bugscope Teamthis is charging up with electrons, why it looked so dark before Cate fixed it, at the 'scope
- GuestLou, if you want to take over again, please do so.
- GuestOk, now it seems to be working. I boosted the contrast some too.
Bugscope Teamwe can see a flying spaghetti monster on it
- GuestAre those holes to breathe through?
Bugscope Teamnot sure if we can see any of the spiracles
- 10:10 am
- GuestSpaghetti monster??
Bugscope Teamyeah I think it's a juvenile FSM.
- GuestIs that the leg of the bug?
Bugscope Teamyes it is
- GuestWhat does FSM stand for?
Bugscope Teamflyiomng spaghetti monster
- Bugscope Teamflying spaghetti monster
- GuestWe found one of these i the wood lot
- GuestScot is being obtuse. The FSM is a fake religion.
Bugscope Teamhaha Yeah. No offense to anyone.
- Bugscope TeamI think the things that look like tiny plants are some kind of pollen or actually just tiny plants
- GuestStupid iPad AutoCorrect
- GuestNo more waiting; I'm here.
- Bugscope Teamwe saw a lot of them on grass
- GuestThis is nice with Siri I don't have to type anything on the iPad
- Bugscope Teamthis is perhaps the image of the day
- GuestCrawl not to cry cry. Well she didn't get that one.
- Bugscope Teama mite in the mouth of a beetle
- 10:16 am
- GuestYes this is an excellent picture should be the image of the week.
Bugscope Teamwe might take a high-res image later
- GuestIf you're still doing that.
Bugscope Teamwe're not doing IOTW anymore
Bugscope Teambut it would be a good idea
- Bugscope Teamwho wants to drive?
- GuestDidn't look like it updated recently.
Bugscope Teamnot at all
- GuestMay I try to drive using the iPad.
Bugscope Teamjust gave you control
- GuestHow does the mandible attach to the head?
- GuestHey, Chris Hadfield is here. AWESOME.
- GuestThat would be guest "Godot".
Bugscope TeamRosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.
- GuestIf one of you gets the chance, could you give guest Godot control for a few minutes to do a test or two?
- GuestDo the hairs on the beetle do anything?
Bugscope Teamwitih insects, the hairs, called setae, are responsible for many different sensory functions
- GuestHow big are the mites?
Bugscope Teamthis one is a bit more than 0.5 mm long
- Bugscope Teamawesome
- 10:21 am
- Bugscope Teamsetae can be mechanosensory, hygroreceptive, thermosensory, chemosensory...
- GuestOne of the students is curious whether poisonous plants like poison ivy affect insects. Do you know?
- GuestHow long do mites live?
Bugscope Teamnot sure. it's hard to get good information. there's a book about them but it is super expensive
- GuestMSALOUSIA: they do. Many toxins produced by plants are defensive. They deter not only animals from herbivory (the eating of plants) but also deter insects. Our first insecticides were derived from plant extracts.
- GuestWhat animals eat beatles?
Bugscope Teamrats, mice, voles, other small animals
- GuestI see Doolittle has control. If someone from Hadfield wants to take over that would be fine.
- GuestWhat was the biggest mite recorded?
Bugscope TeamVarroa mites get pretty big. Really I don't know.
- GuestHadfield, you now have control of the scope. Feel free to drive around.
- GuestDo lice eat mites, or do mice eat lice?
Bugscope Teamit is likely that there is something that feeds on mites, and I imagine that mice do eat lice while grooming
- GuestThanks, will drive around in a minute.
- GuestLittle lambs eat ivy! :)
Bugscope Teamahh that's how it goes
- GuestAre the mites possibly poisonous to other microscopic creatures?
Bugscope Teamsome mites are bad for their hosts. The varroa mites carry diseases that go to the bees the mites like to be on.
- GuestA kid will eat ivy, too. Wouldn't you?
Bugscope Teamwooden shoe
- Bugscope Teamso who all are we speaking wi
- Bugscope Teamwith?
- 10:26 am
- GuestOk, so serious answer here: many mites are either parasitic on other insects or animals, or a problem on plants. Some of them are even found in the home. Dust mites can often cause problems with allergies.
- Guest How many would fit on the head of a pin? Mites, I mean.
Bugscope Teamsome mites are much smaller, in the 0.2 mm range, and mites can have their own mites...
- Bugscope Teamsmallest I believe is a fairy fly. It's a wasp that has a very painful sting
- GuestHere at Hadfield Public. School in Milton, Ontario Canada. We have logged in as a guest as we'll to ask questions.
- GuestWe are a grade 4 class
- GuestThis is Daniel, but I'm going to sign off. Janet is getting impatient with me. I'll swing by Beckman since things seem to be moving ahead. I'm also user Godot. See you again soon.
- GuestWhat's the smallest and the biggest insect in the world
Bugscope Teamthe smallest is always said to be the fairyfly, and largest is sometimes a walking stick, which can be 21 inches long, and sometimes a Goliath beetle, about the size of someone's (small, I think) fist
- GuestScot, so mites can multiply to ten per second?
Bugscope TeamI'm not sure how to answer that. They can divide.
- GuestWhat bug would live the longest?
Bugscope Teamsome insects live for many years in a larval stage; think of 17-year locusts
- GuestWhere are bugs mostly found in the world ?
Bugscope Teamthey live on every continent but there are more in warmer regions
- GuestFairyfly is a dull name for a wasp...
Bugscope Teamthere is said to be a parasitoid wasp for not only every species of insect but every life stage of every species of insect
- 10:31 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is the eye of a small moth from my house
- GuestWould the wasp see like us?
- Bugscope Teama red eye
- GuestWould the wasp see like us?
Bugscope Teamthey can see in UV, probably, and we cannot; they see most colors we see but may not see some as well as others, like the color red
- GuestWhy does a wasp have so many eyes?
Bugscope Teamhelps them to see things faster. They can also see all around them with bigger eyes than land insects.
- GuestWhat happens if the eye gets damaged? can it be fixed?
Bugscope Teamthat's it if it gets damaged; it will not molt once it is an adult, as this is
- GuestWhat is the biggest insect?
Bugscope Teamsome people like the idea of a Goliath beetle, and some would say a walking stick, in the Tropics, which can be like 21 inches long
- GuestWhy why does the wasp have so many stingers I mean isn't a stinger a egg-Laing toon
Bugscope Teamthere should be only one stinger. It is the ovipositor. Parasitic wasps use it to lay eggs in insect hosts. Wasps may sting multiple times and won't lose their stinger, unlike honeybees
- 10:36 am
- GuestWhy is the eye in a honeycomb-like style?
Bugscope Teamit is the most efficient way of close-packing things that are round into a spherical shape
- GuestWhould the fly see like the wasp?
Bugscope Teamyes to some extent, in general
- Bugscope Teamif you had compound eyes you would have much better peripheral vision, but in addition you would register updates to the visual field more quickly
- GuestWhy do these have hair in its mouth
Bugscope Teamthey're sensory -- many are taste or chemoreceptors
- Bugscope Teamthere's a difference in chemoreceptors -- some are touch sensitive and some are scent-sensitive, for more volatile chemicals
- GuestWhy does the borer need those leg things?
Bugscope Teamthose are palps they use for tasting or moving around food
- GuestWhy does the borer head have so much hair
Bugscope Teamit helps it sense what it is sticking its head into
- GuestThe wasp must have a lot of eggs!I wonder why?
Bugscope Teamthe parasitoid ones, yes; it helps them keep their species going
- Guest How mush eyes is there
Bugscope Teamprobably a few hundred ommatidia per compound eye
- GuestKnow wonder!
- GuestHow any mites are on your body
Bugscope Teamwe are said to have tiny mites living in our eyelashes, but I am not sure how many
- 10:42 am
- GuestOh! And what in the worold is that!?!?
Bugscope Teamthis? this is a borer insect of some sort; you can see its short but powerful mandibles
- GuestAre eyelash mites and dust mites the same thing?
Bugscope Teamdustmites are softbodied and do not live on people
- Guest hi?
Bugscope TeamHi Billy Bob!
- GuestBilly-bob stop it rat know
- Bugscope Teamso if we had a dustmite in the 'scope it would likely be shriveled
- GuestWhy are insects so small?
Bugscope Teamthey are limited in how much they can grow because they have a less efficient way of breathing than we do
- GuestCool what's a lizards favorit movie?
- GuestWhat is the smallest insect is the world?
Bugscope Teamit is said to be a fairyfly
- 10:48 am
- GuestWhy do insects breath faster then us?
Bugscope Teamthey do everything faster than we do; some of them live only a few hours as adults
- GuestThe borer looks like a little worm with a face in a shell..
Bugscope Teamnow we are looking at one of the antennae, and it has pores in it that are very likely chemosensory pits for volatile compounds
- GuestBilly bob, insects are small because of nature.
Bugscope Teamtheir body plan does not support being very much larger, thankfully
- Bugscope Teamwhere is everyone from today?
- Bugscope Teamthe school we were supposed to connect with had to cancel...
- Bugscope TeamLouisa is from the Microscopy Society?
- Guestdo all insects have the same amount of legs
Bugscope Teamyes as adults they all have six legs
Bugscope Teamthere are also arthropods called hexapods with six legs that are not insectr
- Bugscope Teaman insect as an adult has six legs, a head, thorax, and abdomen, and two antennae
- Bugscope Teamsome have a prothorax as well
- 10:53 am
- Bugscope Teambetween the head and the thorax
- Bugscope Teamspiders have a cephalothorax, which is a fused head and thorax
- Bugscope Teamthey also have eight legs...
- Bugscope TeamBeatboxer I just gave you contro
- Bugscope Teamcontrol
- Bugscope Teammite in a beetle's mouth
- 10:58 am
- Bugscope Teamwe're going to shut down now...
- Bugscope TeamThank you for visiting...
- 3:45 pm
- Bugscope Teamit is just startting
- Bugscope TeamI am really confused aboutn this.
- Bugscope Teamsuper cool
- Teacherthanks for setting this up for us!
- Bugscope Teamyou bet!
- TeacherI'm just setting up the projector, we had to switch locations because of wind
- 3:54 pm
- Bugscope Teamsuper cool
- 4:00 pm
- Bugscope Teamplease let us do the driving while we make the presets
- Bugscope Teamsomeone wqa
- Bugscope Teamsorry
- Bugscope Teamsomeone was operating the 'scope, and I was trying to make presets for today's session...
- 4:06 pm
- TeacherIM SO CONFUSED.
- Bugscope Teamwhat can we help you with?
- Teacherlet me know when u are done presetting.
- 4:12 pm
- Bugscope Teamwe were thinking the session starts at 4:15 our time
- Bugscope Teamis that correct, like central time?
- Bugscope Teamso it's about 5:15 there now?
- Bugscope Teamdid we mess something up with the scheduling?
- Bugscope Teamyou have control now!
- Bugscope TeamWe had it on our calendar for 4:15. You should be able to drive now. Scot is tweaking a few things using the console, but if you want to jump to a preset or change something, please go ahead.
- Bugscope TeamOfficial presetting is concluded. Scot is still adding some, but as soon as you start moving around, he'll stop. The scope is your oyster.
- 4:19 pm
- Bugscope Teamplease let us know when you have questions
- Bugscope Teamyou may drive, and you may also select from the presets we just made
- Bugscope Teamright now Ms Arcand has control
- Bugscope TeamReady for you to run.
- 4:25 pm
- Bugscope TeamIf you aren't familiar with how to drive, you can click on the blue arrow on the left to expose the list of presets. Simply click on one of those to jump to that area.
Bugscope TeamTo move, just click on a point in the image. The scope will move to the point you click on. To move large distances, it helps to lower the magnification.
Bugscope TeamTo lower the magnification, click on the "-" symbol by the word "Magnification" at the top of the image. "+", of course", goes the opposite way.
Bugscope TeamIf you don't have those buttons - a bug with Chrome browsers we are currently hunting down - let us know and we can change the mag manually for you or suggest an alternative.
Bugscope TeamHave fun!
- Bugscope TeamHadfield, Bob, Joe?
- Bugscope TeamAre you there?
- 4:30 pm
- Bugscope Teamrabbit
- 4:35 pm
- Bugscope TeamAs you are checking out the presets and exploring, we will answer questions you may have.
- Bugscope Teamplease let us know when you have questions
- Bugscope Teamthis is cool
- Bugscope Teamthe head of a tick!
- Bugscope TeamNice. Fortunately haven't seen any on myself recently.
- 4:40 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis is a leafhopper
- Bugscope Teamthis is cool too - a backswimmer
- Bugscope Teamlittle pointy mouthpart
- 4:46 pm
- Bugscope TeamYou can see a great number of scales here on this small moth. The scales are very complex. If you zoom in on them, you can get an idea of how they are structured.
- Bugscope TeamThe sharp, lance-like structure to the right appears to be part of the mouth of this small fly. Probably used to pierce skin or perhaps plant tissues.
- Bugscope TeamArgh. I'm slow today. Moth eyes. If you keep going up in mag (instead of down) you can see that each one of the ommatidia is further subdivided and quite complex.
- Bugscope TeamNice magnification change sequence. Getting a good idea of what it looks like at different magnifications.
- 4:51 pm
- Bugscope TeamThis is an emerald ash borer, a small borer accidentally imported from east asia / China. It is a SERIOUS pest here in Illinois. My parent's subdivision had an infestation and it deforested the whole area. The developers planted hundreds of ash trees there in the early 1970's. Now they're all stumps.
- Bugscope TeamWas the EAB.
- Bugscope TeamFruit flies! Lovely. Currently have a small herd of them in my kitchen.
- Bugscope Teamthis is an emerald fruitfly
- Bugscope TeamDon't you mean Emerald Fruit Borer? ;) (Just kidding.)
- Bugscope Teamnow it's a gold-palladium fruit fly
- Bugscope TeamHeh!
- Bugscope Teamdid we see a haltere?
- 4:57 pm
- Bugscope Teamget a little close and we'll see if the haltere is there
- Bugscope TeamShould be to the left of the wing, right?
- Bugscope Teama little closer...
- Bugscope Teamyeah left of the wing right
- Bugscope Teamoh wow Unicorn is here?
- Bugscope Teamand Jack?
- Bugscope Teamcan anyone see this besides Daniel?\
- Bugscope TeamDunno. Since I'm Daniel, it's hard to say. :) hee!
- 5:04 pm
- Bugscope Teamyou guys please let us know when you have questions about the microscope or the insects or anything else, like the tick
- 5:10 pm
- 5:15 pm
- Bugscope TeamYay! Unicorn I knew you were cool.
- Bugscope TeamNice spiracle!
Bugscope TeamUsed by the insect to breathe.
Bugscope TeamPlenty of setae in this area.
Bugscope TeamThe little "hairs" you see here are called setae.
- 5:21 pm
- Bugscope Teamso Unic
- Bugscope Teamorn!
- Bugscope Teamare you still here?
- Bugscope Teambecause someone is driving but no one else is talking
- Bugscope Teamthis is a spiracle, through which insects breathe
- Bugscope Teamthis is so cool
- Bugscope TeamNice view of the eye to the lower right.
- 5:29 pm
- Bugscope TeamScott is tweaking the focus so you can see some brochosomes.
- 5:42 pm
- Bugscope TeamIs anyone out there?
- Bugscope TeamWe're thinking about shutting down...
- Bugscope TeamUnicorn, are you there?
- Bugscope Teamok...
- Bugscope Teamgoing
- Bugscope Teamgoing
- Bugscope TeamThank you, Everyone!