Connected on 2014-10-02 16:15:00 from Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
- Bugscope Team setting up
- Bugscope Team we are ready to roll
- Guest Hello SJ, those are some great pictures!
- Bugscope Team we can work with you if you want. Our session just cancelled
- Guest Do you have the wasp on the stage now?
- Bugscope Team yes it is currently in the microscope. You are seeing live images
- Bugscope Team Lou we gave you control.
- Guest Do you know what the mites feed on?
Bugscope Team I think sometimes it's dropped food, and sometimes it's hemolymph, just depends on the mite and the host
- Guest Are these the same mites?
- Bugscope Team this is really beautiful
- Bugscope Team these mites are different from the ones we found on the beetle
- Bugscope Team there are mites on other insects today as well
- Guest Nice mites. What are they on?
Bugscope Team this is the abdomen of a small wasp
- Bugscope Team these are little brutes, haven't seen these that I recall, in the past
- Bugscope Team I'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
- Guest Are they actually feeding? They resemble spider mites, so I was wondering if the wasp is an accidental carrier.
Bugscope Team hard to tell. when we've looked at red spider mites, they are super hairy
- Bugscope Team i (cate) thought they were like baby varroa mites
- Guest True. True.
- Bugscope Team These mites may be using the wasp body as a sort of microhabitat. There are mites that live on cockroaches
- Guest Any chance I could drive over to see that other mite?
Bugscope Team jsut click on that preset
Bugscope Team and let us know if that does not work
- Guest Though I don't have scope control?
Bugscope Team oops sorry now you do
- Guest Thanks.
- Bugscope Team click more!
- Guest I seem to be able to zoom in, but cannot click on a preset. Let me try again.
- Bugscope Team no i didn't
- Bugscope Team maybe the preet is busted
- Bugscope Team preset*
- Bugscope Team which one did you want to go to?
- Guest Nope. Preset isn't working for me. I changed the mag, so that is working. Preset is not.
- Guest Just trying to take a look at the true bug ...dr d. Can you switch it to that when you're done pls?
- Bugscope Team this is charging up with electrons, why it looked so dark before Cate fixed it, at the 'scope
- Guest Lou, if you want to take over again, please do so.
- Guest Ok, now it seems to be working. I boosted the contrast some too.
Bugscope Team we can see a flying spaghetti monster on it
- Guest Are those holes to breathe through?
Bugscope Team not sure if we can see any of the spiracles
- Guest Spaghetti monster??
Bugscope Team yeah I think it's a juvenile FSM.
- Guest Is that the leg of the bug?
Bugscope Team yes it is
- Guest What does FSM stand for?
Bugscope Team flyiomng spaghetti monster
- Bugscope Team flying spaghetti monster
- Guest We found one of these i the wood lot
- Guest Scot is being obtuse. The FSM is a fake religion.
Bugscope Team haha Yeah. No offense to anyone.
- Bugscope Team I think the things that look like tiny plants are some kind of pollen or actually just tiny plants
- Guest Stupid iPad AutoCorrect
- Guest No more waiting; I'm here.
Bugscope Team haha.
- Bugscope Team we saw a lot of them on grass
- Guest This is nice with Siri I don't have to type anything on the iPad
- Bugscope Team this is perhaps the image of the day
- Guest Crawl not to cry cry. Well she didn't get that one.
- Bugscope Team a mite in the mouth of a beetle
- Guest Yes this is an excellent picture should be the image of the week.
Bugscope Team we might take a high-res image later
- Guest If you're still doing that.
Bugscope Team we're not doing IOTW anymore
Bugscope Team but it would be a good idea
- Bugscope Team who wants to drive?
- Guest Didn't look like it updated recently.
Bugscope Team not at all
- Guest May I try to drive using the iPad.
Bugscope Team just gave you control
- Guest How does the mandible attach to the head?
- Guest Hey, Chris Hadfield is here. AWESOME.
- Guest That would be guest "Godot".
Bugscope Team Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.
- Guest If one of you gets the chance, could you give guest Godot control for a few minutes to do a test or two?
- Guest Do the hairs on the beetle do anything?
Bugscope Team witih insects, the hairs, called setae, are responsible for many different sensory functions
- Guest How big are the mites?
Bugscope Team this one is a bit more than 0.5 mm long
- Bugscope Team awesome
- Bugscope Team setae can be mechanosensory, hygroreceptive, thermosensory, chemosensory...
- Guest One of the students is curious whether poisonous plants like poison ivy affect insects. Do you know?
- Guest How long do mites live?
Bugscope Team not sure. it's hard to get good information. there's a book about them but it is super expensive
- Guest MSALOUSIA: 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.
- Guest What animals eat beatles?
Bugscope Team rats, mice, voles, other small animals
- Guest I see Doolittle has control. If someone from Hadfield wants to take over that would be fine.
- Guest What was the biggest mite recorded?
Bugscope Team Varroa mites get pretty big. Really I don't know.
- Guest Hadfield, you now have control of the scope. Feel free to drive around.
- Guest Do lice eat mites, or do mice eat lice?
Bugscope Team it is likely that there is something that feeds on mites, and I imagine that mice do eat lice while grooming
- Guest Thanks, will drive around in a minute.
- Guest Little lambs eat ivy! :)
Bugscope Team ahh that's how it goes
- Guest Are the mites possibly poisonous to other microscopic creatures?
Bugscope Team some mites are bad for their hosts. The varroa mites carry diseases that go to the bees the mites like to be on.
- Guest A kid will eat ivy, too. Wouldn't you?
Bugscope Team wooden shoe
- Bugscope Team so who all are we speaking wi
- Bugscope Team with?
- Guest Ok, 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 Team some mites are much smaller, in the 0.2 mm range, and mites can have their own mites...
- Bugscope Team smallest I believe is a fairy fly. It's a wasp that has a very painful sting
- Guest Here at Hadfield Public. School in Milton, Ontario Canada. We have logged in as a guest as we'll to ask questions.
- Guest We are a grade 4 class
- Guest This 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.
- Guest What's the smallest and the biggest insect in the world
Bugscope Team the 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
- Guest Scot, so mites can multiply to ten per second?
Bugscope Team I'm not sure how to answer that. They can divide.
- Guest What bug would live the longest?
Bugscope Team some insects live for many years in a larval stage; think of 17-year locusts
- Guest Where are bugs mostly found in the world ?
Bugscope Team they live on every continent but there are more in warmer regions
- Guest Whoud
- Guest Fairyfly is a dull name for a wasp...
Bugscope Team there is said to be a parasitoid wasp for not only every species of insect but every life stage of every species of insect
- Bugscope Team this is the eye of a small moth from my house
- Guest Would the wasp see like us?
- Bugscope Team a red eye
- Guest Wow
- Guest Would the wasp see like us?
Bugscope Team they 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
- Guest Why does a wasp have so many eyes?
Bugscope Team helps them to see things faster. They can also see all around them with bigger eyes than land insects.
- Guest What happens if the eye gets damaged? can it be fixed?
Bugscope Team that's it if it gets damaged; it will not molt once it is an adult, as this is
- Guest What is the biggest insect?
Bugscope Team some 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
- Guest Why why does the wasp have so many stingers I mean isn't a stinger a egg-Laing toon
Bugscope Team there 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
- Guest Why is the eye in a honeycomb-like style?
Bugscope Team it is the most efficient way of close-packing things that are round into a spherical shape
- Guest Whould the fly see like the wasp?
Bugscope Team yes to some extent, in general
- Bugscope Team if you had compound eyes you would have much better peripheral vision, but in addition you would register updates to the visual field more quickly
- Guest Why do these have hair in its mouth
Bugscope Team they're sensory -- many are taste or chemoreceptors
- Bugscope Team there's a difference in chemoreceptors -- some are touch sensitive and some are scent-sensitive, for more volatile chemicals
- Guest Why does the borer need those leg things?
Bugscope Team those are palps they use for tasting or moving around food
- Guest Why does the borer head have so much hair
Bugscope Team it helps it sense what it is sticking its head into
- Guest The wasp must have a lot of eggs!I wonder why?
Bugscope Team the parasitoid ones, yes; it helps them keep their species going
- Guest How mush eyes is there
Bugscope Team probably a few hundred ommatidia per compound eye
- Guest Know wonder!
- Guest How any mites are on your body
Bugscope Team we are said to have tiny mites living in our eyelashes, but I am not sure how many
- Guest Oh! And what in the worold is that!?!?
Bugscope Team this? this is a borer insect of some sort; you can see its short but powerful mandibles
- Guest Are eyelash mites and dust mites the same thing?
Bugscope Team no.
Bugscope Team dustmites are softbodied and do not live on people
- Guest hi?
Bugscope Team Hi Billy Bob!
- Guest Billy-bob stop it rat know
- Bugscope Team so if we had a dustmite in the 'scope it would likely be shriveled
- Guest Why are insects so small?
Bugscope Team they are limited in how much they can grow because they have a less efficient way of breathing than we do
- Guest Cool what's a lizards favorit movie?
Bugscope Team Mothra.
- Guest What is the smallest insect is the world?
Bugscope Team it is said to be a fairyfly
- Guest Cool
- Guest Why do insects breath faster then us?
Bugscope Team they do everything faster than we do; some of them live only a few hours as adults
- Guest The borer looks like a little worm with a face in a shell..
Bugscope Team now we are looking at one of the antennae, and it has pores in it that are very likely chemosensory pits for volatile compounds
- Guest Billy bob, insects are small because of nature.
Bugscope Team their body plan does not support being very much larger, thankfully
- Bugscope Team where is everyone from today?
- Bugscope Team the school we were supposed to connect with had to cancel...
- Bugscope Team Louisa is from the Microscopy Society?
- Guest do all insects have the same amount of legs
Bugscope Team yes as adults they all have six legs
Bugscope Team there are also arthropods called hexapods with six legs that are not insectr
Bugscope Team insects..
- Bugscope Team an insect as an adult has six legs, a head, thorax, and abdomen, and two antennae
- Bugscope Team some have a prothorax as well
- Bugscope Team between the head and the thorax
- Bugscope Team spiders have a cephalothorax, which is a fused head and thorax
- Bugscope Team they also have eight legs...
- Bugscope Team Beatboxer I just gave you contro
- Bugscope Team control
- Bugscope Team mite in a beetle's mouth
- Bugscope Team we're going to shut down now...
- Bugscope Team Thank you for visiting...
- Bugscope Team it is just startting
- Bugscope Team I am really confused aboutn this.
- Bugscope Team super cool
- Teacher thanks for setting this up for us!
- Bugscope Team you bet!
- Teacher I'm just setting up the projector, we had to switch locations because of wind
- Bugscope Team super cool
- Bugscope Team please let us do the driving while we make the presets
- Teacher huh?
- Bugscope Team someone wqa
- Bugscope Team sorry
- Bugscope Team someone was operating the 'scope, and I was trying to make presets for today's session...
- Teacher IM SO CONFUSED.
- Bugscope Team what can we help you with?
- Teacher let me know when u are done presetting.
- Bugscope Team we were thinking the session starts at 4:15 our time
- Bugscope Team is that correct, like central time?
- Bugscope Team so it's about 5:15 there now?
- Bugscope Team did we mess something up with the scheduling?
- Bugscope Team you have control now!
- Bugscope Team We 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 Team Official presetting is concluded. Scot is still adding some, but as soon as you start moving around, he'll stop. The scope is your oyster.
- Bugscope Team please let us know when you have questions
- Bugscope Team you may drive, and you may also select from the presets we just made
- Bugscope Team right now Ms Arcand has control
- Bugscope Team Ready for you to run.
- Bugscope Team If 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 Team To 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 Team To lower the magnification, click on the "-" symbol by the word "Magnification" at the top of the image. "+", of course", goes the opposite way.
Bugscope Team If 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 Team Have fun!
- Bugscope Team Hadfield, Bob, Joe?
- Bugscope Team Are you there?
- Bugscope Team rabbit
- Bugscope Team As you are checking out the presets and exploring, we will answer questions you may have.
- Bugscope Team please let us know when you have questions
- Bugscope Team this is cool
- Bugscope Team the head of a tick!
- Bugscope Team Nice. Fortunately haven't seen any on myself recently.
- Bugscope Team this is a leafhopper
- Bugscope Team this is cool too - a backswimmer
- Bugscope Team little pointy mouthpart
- Bugscope Team You 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 Team The 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 Team Argh. 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 Team Nice magnification change sequence. Getting a good idea of what it looks like at different magnifications.
- Bugscope Team This 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 Team Was the EAB.
- Bugscope Team Fruit flies! Lovely. Currently have a small herd of them in my kitchen.
- Bugscope Team this is an emerald fruitfly
- Bugscope Team Don't you mean Emerald Fruit Borer? ;) (Just kidding.)
- Bugscope Team now it's a gold-palladium fruit fly
- Bugscope Team Heh!
- Bugscope Team did we see a haltere?
- Bugscope Team get a little close and we'll see if the haltere is there
- Bugscope Team Should be to the left of the wing, right?
- Bugscope Team a little closer...
- Bugscope Team yeah left of the wing right
- Bugscope Team oh wow Unicorn is here?
- Bugscope Team and Jack?
- Bugscope Team can anyone see this besides Daniel?\
- Bugscope Team Dunno. Since I'm Daniel, it's hard to say. :) hee!
- Bugscope Team you guys please let us know when you have questions about the microscope or the insects or anything else, like the tick
- Bugscope Team Yay! Unicorn I knew you were cool.
- Bugscope Team Nice spiracle!
Bugscope Team Used by the insect to breathe.
Bugscope Team Plenty of setae in this area.
Bugscope Team The little "hairs" you see here are called setae.
- Guest cool
Bugscope Team Indeed.
- Bugscope Team so Unic
- Bugscope Team orn!
- Bugscope Team are you still here?
- Bugscope Team because someone is driving but no one else is talking
- Bugscope Team this is a spiracle, through which insects breathe
- Bugscope Team this is so cool
- Bugscope Team Nice view of the eye to the lower right.
- Bugscope Team Scott is tweaking the focus so you can see some brochosomes.
- Bugscope Team Is anyone out there?
- Bugscope Team We're thinking about shutting down...
- Bugscope Team Unicorn, are you there?
- Bugscope Team ok...
- Bugscope Team going
- Bugscope Team going
- Bugscope Team Thank you, Everyone!