Connected on 2019-12-12 08:05:00
from Lawrence, Kansas, United States
- 7:44 am
- Bugscope TeamSession will start in 20 minutes.
- 7:50 am
- Bugscope TeamWelcome, guest on Backup PC.
- Bugscope TeamWelcome, Mrs ML! We're finishing up a few presets here.
- 7:57 am
- TeacherWe are going to try having only two devices connected today- we will be ready at 8:05!
Bugscope TeamSounds good.
- 8:02 am
- Bugscope TeamSome good looking crystals
- Bugscope TeamReady in a minute.
- Bugscope TeamCrystals are on what may be one of the eggs in the egg sac
- TeacherWe are ready when you are just let us know!
- Bugscope TeamWe are ready! Good morning!
- Bugscope TeamWe have your insects in the microscope today
- TeacherGood morning
- Bugscope TeamGood morning!
- Bugscope TeamTricky stuff today with partially formed internal components -- or tricky for me, at least
Bugscope Teamjim Nardi would be helpful for stuff like the chrysalis
- 8:08 am
- TeacherWhat are these?
- Bugscope TeamThis is the cricket head!
- Bugscope Teamplease let us know when you have questions, of course, and/or problems
- Bugscope Teamthis is a new version of the Bugscope software, and perhaps obviously it has some bugs in it
- TeacherWhat are the crystals from?
Bugscope TeamNot sure what type of crystals those are. We know some crystal experts, but they aren’t around right now.
Bugscope TeamThey were on the egg sac
- Bugscope TeamThis is the cricket face -- we're looking at the mouthparts, with a lot of debris on them
- Bugscope TeamThe broken antenna are above the eyes
- 8:13 am
- TeacherAre those
- TeacherAre those
- Bugscope TeamNow we're looking at the exterior of the chrysalis
- StudentWhat are the spikes?
Bugscope TeamNot sure. Maybe they are a deterrent to keep the chrysalis safe.
- StudentCould the debris on the cricket head have been mold?
Bugscope Teamyes for sure -- we can identify mold up close, to some extent
Bugscope Teamthat is, in general we can differentiate mold spores from pollen
- Bugscope Teamso what we see on the lower third of the screen is inside the chrysalis and unformed, as yet
- Bugscope TeamThe caterpillar becomes goo and then slowly reforms to become a butterfly. Really cool and gross to think about
- Bugscope Teamthe bee and the stinkbug came in yesterday afternoon so we mounted them on a smaller stub and included that in today's selection of arthropods
- 8:18 am
- Bugscope TeamTimbuktu, up close
- TeacherWhat are those little circles on the skin?
- Bugscope TeamThe shiny-looking area is where it’s kind of sticky or goopy so it is charging up a little with electron beam hitting it
- Bugscope TeamSo we see the little spikes, and we see smaller particles of debris and evidence as Cate says of a kind of oily surface
- TeacherHow does the gipsy moth produce this chrysalis?
Bugscope Teamit starts as a larva that feeds itself for energy and then weaves the chrysalis around its body to protect itself, creating a safe environment in which to metamorphose
- Bugscope TeamThere were two similar-looking beetles from the larger insect shipment. I included one of them on the stub for today
- 8:23 am
- StudentDid the red flat bark beetle make it into the scope?
Bugscope TeamI don't think so -- I believe that is the insect that was pretty broken up
- TeacherWhat is the backround stuff?
Bugscope TeamThe curve is the edge of the stub and it is covered in carbon tape. Where the insects or insects parts are thee are also some globs of silver paint used to help stick them in place better
- StudentIt's back to normal.
- StudentWas it supposed to zoom all the way out?
Bugscope TeamSorry Nathan -- that was a still photo that we take before the session
- 8:28 am
- Bugscope TeamNow we should all see the horned passalus head and part of its thorax, ventral side
- Bugscope Teamand now we see branched setae, which are said to be found only on bees
- TeacherOn the hair?
- Bugscope Teamthey're connected to nerves beneath the cuticle; I think it is also likely that they help with thermoregulation
- Bugscope Teamgood job tweaking the focus
- 8:34 am
- Bugscope TeamThis looks like it has dried dirt on it or something else. That’s why it has tiny bumps on it
- TeacherWhat are the balls in the hair?
Bugscope Teamnot sure about the balls -- they seem to be areas where liquid has accumulated
- TeacherThe background looks like a leaf
- Bugscope Teamwe can see that the setae -- the hairs -- have sockets in the cuticle, compared to microsetae, which extend from the surface of the cuticle
- Bugscope Teamnow we can see collections of fine debris on parts of the setae
- TeacherWhat are purpose of the hairs?
Bugscope Teamthese hairs, most often called setae, are sensory -- probably in this case mechanosensory
Bugscope TeamThey are probably helpful for getting more pollen stuck on them
Bugscope TeamI think that is correct
- TeacherWhere is the debris from?
Bugscope TeamI think it is mostly from the air, from the atmosphere around the bee
- 8:39 am
- StudentWhat is the name of the place where the setae enters the socket?
Bugscope TeamNathan I am not sure.
- TeacherIs it pollen or mold?
Bugscope Teamthis appears to be either mold or frass, not pollen
- Bugscope Teammore likely frass
- Bugscope Teamwith mold we can usually make out a regular structure
- TeacherWhat is frass?
Bugscope Teaminsect poop
- Bugscope Teamnow we see some mold spores
- Bugscope Teamlike in the upper left
- Bugscope TeamThis is mold on the Cricket's face
- Bugscope Teamthey're like Greek amphorae
- Bugscope Teamlots of mold here
- Bugscope Teamwe can see its regular shape
- Bugscope Teamand a broken seta
- Bugscope TeamThis is definitely mold
- 8:44 am
- Bugscope Teamsee the compound eyes, on either side of the head, and the sockets where the antennae broke off?
- Bugscope Teamthe two 'arms' we see are two of four palps
- Bugscope TeamBees are especially hairy with their compound eyes covered in them
- Bugscope Teamnow we see the compound eye of the bee, covered with setae, and the antenna, and the labrum as well as the tongue (glossa)
- Bugscope Teamto the lower right we can see one of the claws
- Bugscope Teamthe setae sticking out of the compound eye can help the bee sense wind movement
- Bugscope Teamnow we can see individual ommatidia -- the facets of the compound eye
- Bugscope Teamand broken parts of the antenna
- Bugscope Teamhemolymph is leaking out
- Bugscope Teamthe 'blood'
- Bugscope Teama forest of setae on the surface of the compound eye
- 8:49 am
- Bugscope Teamsee how the setae have sockets?
- Bugscope Teamit might be interesting to look at the shaft of the antenna
- Bugscope TeamSlight technical difficulty, please stand by...
- Bugscope TeamMrs ML, Nathan, and everyone else we just ran into technical problems, again, that we are trying to solve
- 8:55 am
- Bugscope TeamWell, it looks like we lost the scope again. :(
- Bugscope Teamwe will definitely want to connect with you again, in the new year, if you have time
- Bugscope TeamTrying to reboot the software
- Teacherare seeing that
Bugscope TeamWe have outlined a plan that we hope will overcome this problem, but we'll need to try that in January, with a service engineer from the company
Bugscope TeamWe're trying real-time fixes now...
- Bugscope TeamI am sorry about this. The new microscope software is tricky to work with.
- TeacherNo problem! We are more than willing to send more bugs!
- Bugscope TeamWe're back!
- Bugscope TeamWe should be back on now...
- StudentJust Kidding! It works now!
- Bugscope Teamnow we can see the ommatidia -- the individual facets of the compound eye
- 9:00 am
- TeacherWhat are those smaller particles on the hair?
- Bugscope Teamit might be nice to go to the stinkbug head if you have time
- Bugscope TeamDuh looks like we crashed again -- I am so sorry
- TeacherIt looks like it’s working from our end, should we reconvene in January?
- Bugscope TeamThat is because it is frozen there. :( Teppie will get with you to schedule again in January...
- Bugscope TeamMaybe after January, once we get with the tech.
- 9:06 am
- StudentDid the stinkbug head make it into the presets?
Bugscope Teamyes it did
- Bugscope Teamoops I am sorry...
- Bugscope TeamWe have it in the scope, but the preset isn't on the page.
- Bugscope TeamWe will collect some images once we get the scope back up that you can see in the archive.
- Bugscope Teamover and out, here; I am so sorry about this
- Bugscope TeamThank you all for your patience! We will try again soon.
- TeacherThank you!
- Bugscope Teamwe're trying one more time to bring things back online
- Bugscope TeamNathan can you see the screen now?
- 9:11 am
- StudentYes. It's moving too.
- StudentNo worries! We had an amazing time and collected some great shots! https://photos.app.goo.gl/zzBSJgbG9YYR4hd36
- Bugscope TeamThere’s the stink bug!
- Bugscope TeamHere's the stink bug head!
- Bugscope Teamyou can see its proboscis, folded against the underside of the thorax
- Bugscope Teamthe proboscis is pretty long; we are seeing only part of it
- Bugscope Teamnow we're looking at the righthand compound eye, from beneath so it looks like the left hand
- Bugscope Teamand we see a bunch of tiny pore on the head -- they look black in a normal light microscope
- 9:16 am
- Bugscope TeamBuckminster Fuller
- Bugscope Teamso there is some juju on the surfacce of the eye, but stinkbug eyes often do not show us much in the way of ultrastructure
- Bugscope Teamthese pores likely have a sensory function
- Bugscope Teamthey're little concavities with what appears to be a sensory structure (probably a chemoreceptor) in each
- 9:29 am
- Bugscope TeamOK, we're shutting down the scope. Thanks for joining us!
- StudentSigning off!
- StudentThank you so much! It is our passing period now. We would love to see you in the spring!
Bugscope TeamThanks for joining us today. Hope to see you again