Connected on 2014-11-19 07:20:00 from Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
- Bugscope Team venting chamber
- Bugscope Team sample is now in 'scope and pumping down
- Bugscope Team now we're making presets...
- Bugscope Team Hello there!
- Bugscope Team Welcome aboard!
- Bugscope Team This is how you can ask questions about what you are seeing.
- Bugscope Team Hi!
- Bugscope Team Yay!
- Teacher hello
Bugscope Team Can you see our responses? I hope so.
- Teacher what are the 2 round things on the left
- Bugscope Team those are palps
- Bugscope Team they help the insect taste and also manipulate its food
- Bugscope Team this is some kind of aquatic insect larva Cate put on last night.
Bugscope Team Its probably some kind of dragonfly nymph. I've never seen palps like that on one though.
- Bugscope Team they're like feelers that have a sensory function and also help move food into the mouth, if there is a mouith
- Bugscope Team this is a spider with a kind of fringe on the front of its head, quite stylish
- Bugscope Team Nice spider. You can see some of the eyes in the upper right.
- Teacher what are palps
Bugscope Team They are roughly analogous to our tongue. They both move food around, and help it taste.
Bugscope Team the typical insect has 4 palps, two maxillary and two labial palps, although some have less and others have palps that are greatly modified
- Bugscope Team the fangs are in the middle, at the tips of the chelicers
- Bugscope Team If you want to see more of the spider, you should be able to zoom out using the "-" sign by the word "Magnification" at the top of your page.
- Bugscope Team These large rectangular looking structures are the Chelicerae
- Bugscope Team The ends of the chelicerae are where the fangs are attached. you cant see them too well because they are folded in.
- Bugscope Team You can also move down the spider, by just clicking on the image.
- Bugscope Team spiders use their fangs and chelicerae to inject venom and digestive enzymes into their prey. their actual mouth is not much more than a tube so they cannot chew their food and must predigest it outside of their body. The hairs that Scott or Daniel mentioned earlier act as a filter, preventing any solid food material from entering and clogging their mouth opening while allowing liquids to pass through.
- Bugscope Team this is awesome
- Bugscope Team who's driving? is this Mrs Prince?
- Bugscope Team we're looking at the capitulum
- Bugscope Team which includes the palps, on either side, and the hypostome, in the middle
- Teacher WHERE ARE HIS hER? EYES
- Bugscope Team there are no eyes, but there are eyespots on the back of the head
- Bugscope Team there is another tick in here, and you can clearly see its eyespots, whereas on this one we cannot see them at all
- Bugscope Team we're looking right into the mouth
- Teacher IS THIS THE FRONT OF THE HEAD?
Bugscope Team yes it is!
Bugscope Team Yes. The mouth is in the center. If you zoom in on it, you can see that it is serrated.
Bugscope Team The red "+" near the word Magnification at the top should increase the magnifications.
- Bugscope Team the 'head' is a called a capitulum, and on the sides are palps that fold down when the center portion sticks into your skin
- Bugscope Team back to the spider
- Bugscope Team the big sort of rectangular things are the chelicers, or chelicerae
- Bugscope Team at their tips are the fangs, which point in toward the center
- Bugscope Team In other words, this is the part that would chomp on you if it were bigger. :)
- Bugscope Team there's a lot of 'fur' where the fangs are -- a lot of setae
- Bugscope Team you can change the magnification using the controls at the top of the screen
- Teacher MOVING TO THE INDIVIDULE COMPUTERS NOW
- Bugscope Team super cool
- Bugscope Team the students can log in as students or as guests, not as teachers, and no password is required
- Bugscope Team here we can see another tick, and its eyespots, which are actually groups of pores
Bugscope Team The eyespots are just to the left of center and in the upper right of the head.
Bugscope Team In this image, that is.
- Bugscope Team SHABLAZE! Awesome!
- Bugscope Team Shablaze welcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope Team Welcome!
- Bugscope Team please let us know when you have questions
- Student hey scot
Bugscope Team Austin! Sweet!
- Bugscope Team Let us know if you want to drive the 'scope.
- Bugscope Team Nazhir Hello!
- Bugscope Team Bob welcome to Bugscope!
- Student hey !
- Student yo
- Student yoo
- Student wassup
- Bugscope Team hi!
- Student hi austin
- Bugscope Team Man, Scot gets all the attention around here......
- Student yo
- Student throw $5 bro
- Student hi
Bugscope Team Hi NatQ!
- Student hi
- Student wasgood with it? I got 5!\
- Student hi
- Student yall wildin
- Student whats up "ganjaking
- Bugscope Team hello Everyone! Please let us know when you have questionss.
- Bugscope Team ss
- Bugscope Team this is the face of a female mosquito
- Student where are the eyes
- Student idk if it was a spider or not
- Student How can you tell the difference between a male and a female?
- Student yday i saw a spider that could jump
Bugscope Team Jumping spiders really cool. Some of them around here have these huge black eyes.
- Student why does it have soo many eyes?
Bugscope Team they help it see in as many directions as possible at one time. they also respond mopre quickly to changes in the visual field
- Student what are the little bubles ?
- Student What are those things coming out of his eyes? Are those his eyes?
Bugscope Team The eyes are the two C-shaped areas that look like they're made out of little pingpong balls.
- Student do all insects have hair on their eyeballs
Bugscope Team not all
- Student ???
- Student wait are the eyes all those little dots ?
Bugscope Team yes those are facets, or ommatidia, on the compound eye of the mosquito
- Student what are the thing in between the eyes?
- Student what are the little circles or dots around the eye
Bugscope Team the tiny dots are individual facets of the eyes, called ommatidia
- Student why do they have hair on their eyes what does it do for them?
- Student so they have multiple eyeballs
Bugscope Team Yes. They have ommatidia - basically a bunch of small little eyes that work together to make one big eye.
- Student what purpose do mosquitoes besides sucking our blood?
Bugscope Team they serve as food for some things like birds and more helpful insects we would like to have around
- Student so if one eye gets poked out does that affect the whole eye? or does it grow back? or what happens?
- Student why do the antenna look look hair?
Bugscope Team A lot of setae (the term we use instead of hair) are sensory. They help the insect sense the surroundings, and help it smell for chemicals in the air.
- Student what is that cuticle looking thing to the right
Bugscope Team the shaft like thing is the proboscis, which has a fascicle in it with the bitimg parts
- Student do you have pictures of scorpions or nah
Bugscope Team Not today. We've had scorpions here before.
- Bugscope Team the life span of an insect is so short that things usually do not grow back.
- Student since it has so many eyes does it see many of the same image?
Bugscope Team it processes what it sees so that is makes sense -- just like our eyes, which would normally see everything upside down, but obviously don't
- Student what are the things between the eyes? the 2 circles with the things sticking out
- Student darn
- Student What are under the eyes and what is sticking out of them?
Bugscope Team there are palps, which help smell/taste
- Student mosquitoes are wack. show us something else
Bugscope Team k
- Bugscope Team if something has a much longer life span, like a tarantula, or they can still go on to the next part of their life cycle, like a caterpillar to a butterfly, then it will grow things back
- Student ohh thats cool, do you get paid alot for this job?
Bugscope Team yes and it is super fun
- Student whats this
- Student What are mandibles
Bugscope Team the same thing as jaws
- Student do plier ants eat wood?
- Student so if one eye gets poked out does that affect the whole eye? or does it grow back? or what happens?
Bugscope Team nothing is going to grow back
Bugscope Team Once damaged, it is permanently damaged. Unless it molts, as Cate said. Not unlike us. You poke your eye out, it is gone.
- Student What's this?
Bugscope Team these are the jaws of a plier ant
- Student coool
- Student or at a college?
- Student what are the things that are sticking off
- Student how much do u get paid
- Bugscope Team Scott just changed the mag.
- Student is this in a lab?
Bugscope Team yes we run a microscopy suite that has lots of high-end microscopes like this one in it
- Bugscope Team now you can see the base of one of the antennae
- Student Do ants have more than one mandible
Bugscope Team Yes, there are two. They are modified legs that are used to tear and crush food.
- Student Are those its teeth?
Bugscope Team they look like teeth and serve that function but are not technically teeth
- Student What are those hair-like things?
- Student ok next pic
- Student slacking
- Student are they dead
Bugscope Team yes all the things you see today are dead. they are in a vacuum and have to be dry in order to image them
- Student wat is this
Bugscope Team this is a small ant that feeds on Collembola, which are also called springtails
- Student scot you didn't answer my question bro
Bugscope Team sorry I missed it DaddyO
- Student are the jaws like super strong and indestructable
Bugscope Team to some extent, but not perfect
- Student *inserts laughing emogi* x10
- Student ;)
- Student emoji**
- Student scot youre funny
- Student i like funny
Bugscope Team super cool
- Student how old are you?
- Student is this basically a maggot
Bugscope Team haha Yeah in a way -- it is a larval insect
- Student So they eat and walk at the same time
Bugscope Team Well, possibly. The mandibles are structurally similar to legs. I suppose they could eat and walk, but Josh would have to answer that since he's Antman.
Bugscope Team Well, not walk on the mandibles. But walk and chew gum at the same time.
- Student favorite for a retweet
- Student is it scott? or scot?
Bugscope Team Scott but Scot for Bugscope
- Student are thoes the eyes sticking out
- Student can we know more about u
- Student where r u from nationality
Bugscope Team horrid place now,. embarrassing
- Student so what is the thing inbetween those 2
Bugscope Team really not sure
- Student who cares...tell me your country
- Student is it detroit
Bugscope Team no I was born in Kansas City
- Student Are larva the same as catapillers
Bugscope Team caterpillars are the larval stage
- Student how old are you guy?
Bugscope Team I am like super old you woudn't believe.
- Student what's in the middle of the palps
Bugscope Team To be honest, neither Scott nor I know what that was. It is another mouthpart, but as to its function, we're not sure. Since we're not there any longer, Josh can't give us insight.
- Student do you have any kids?
Bugscope Team not that I know of and pretty sure I don't
- Student what is super old bro?
- Student is it deflated bc it has no food supply currently?
Bugscope Team yes
- Student scot your funny broski
Bugscope Team Thanks KingGanja.
- Student where are its eyes?
- Student what is your job description
Bugscope Team It used to be Senior Research Engineer. I kind of liked that.
- Student how long do ticks live
Bugscope Team According to the CDC, some ticks that carry Lyme disease can live up to three years. Our tick expert, T.J. isn't here today to let us know if they live longer than that.
- Student i fxcks with you scot
Bugscope Team no thang DaddyO
- Student do each of you specialize inn different insects?
- Student daniel are you a girl or boy
Bugscope Team daniel is a boy
Bugscope Team Corretion, Cate. I am a man, a dude, and an all-around professional bada.... hahahaha
- Student how do ticks digest blood
Bugscope Team probably enzymes inside; they carry a lot of bacteria as well, that could help
- Student i fxxcks with you too daniel
- Student yooo yall gotta chilllll
- Student this ya job right here , this shxt cool as***
- Student are you guys all together?
Bugscope Team we can connect in the same space, around the microscope, or from different places, like Cate is probably in her ofice
- Student how do ticks move around after drinking a lot of blood
- Student how do ticks react to certain blood types
Bugscope Team I don't think they discriminate that way
- Student what purpose do ticks have besides giving Lyme disease
Bugscope Team they are food for other animals
- Student how would you kill a tick
Bugscope Team You have to be careful when taking it off your skin that some of its mouthparts don't get embedded in the skin. The best way to do that is to try to make it leave on its own. Cover it with petroleum jelly or oil so it can't breathe, or use a flame from a lighter or a match. Once they back out, you can pick them off with tweezers and smash them with a hammer. :)
- Student can they pee?
Bugscope Team usually they control water loss carefully, but yes they can pee
- Student have you ever met?
Bugscope Team you mean the other Bugscope people? yeah
- Student @brittbrat dead
Bugscope Team uhoh
- Student can yall change thee bug or...
Bugscope Team yeah sorry
Bugscope Team The Mrs. Prince account can choose presets, or Scott can drive for you.
Bugscope Team Or we can pass control to to someone.
- Student scot don't gas
- Student how do you know if you have ticks in or on you?
Bugscope Team you could feel them as big bumps stuck to you
- Student so if you just pulled a tick off of a dog (for example) with out suffocating it, would the mouth still be in the body of the dog?
Bugscope Team Possibly. And that increases the risk of getting disease from the tick. The mouthparts are made of chitin, which is a stiff material like your fingernails. But it breaks easily.
- Student I'm guessing we are looking at the underside
Bugscope Team yes almost always 'cause it is more interesting
- Student what is the lifespan for a tick
Bugscope Team It can be up to 3 years that I know of.
- Student how is this considered a larva if it has a mandibles and legs?
- Student which ticks carry limes disease
- Student would you feel it if they bit you?
Bugscope Team they don't hurt and you might not feel it
- Student next bug bro
- Student whats the back part of the larva called( and the front)
- Student how often do they reproduce
Bugscope Team I think in season within a few months, kind of a copout answer
- Student well can you call tanya
Bugscope Team Dude she is in Portland OR right now
- Student this is mrs. prince, i know that mosquitos prefer type 0 blood, is there something like that for other bugs?
Bugscope Team Not that I'm aware of. I do know that most insects have very specific food requirements. E.g. caterpillars will only feed from particular species of plants.
Bugscope Team That is, I'm not sure if other blood-sucking arthropods have that specific of a preference.
- Bugscope Team there is a big entomology conference there right now
- Student where can these be found?
Bugscope Team JiggyBoy I am not sure what this is -- some kind of aquatic insect larva from Vermont.
- Student do u play football
- Student do you skate?
- Student what is a larva
Bugscope Team it's like what the caterpillar stage is, before the insect becomes an adult
- Student or lax?
- Student o ighh
- Student which ticks carry limes disease
Bugscope Team not sure -- some more than others; Tanya is not here and she would know right off.
Bugscope Team The CDC says deer ticks, lonestar ticks, and dog ticks.
- Student is that true
- Student how fast do they suck the blood?
Bugscope Team Ticks take their time. The females can get quite bloated over the period of several days if not removed.
- Student do u play hockey baseball
Bugscope Team now I do this kind of crossfit thing and also Pilates
- Student tf is that!?
- Student wait dont change
- Student if this is the baby phase what is the adult version of this called
Bugscope Team some kind of fly, like a mayfly or a stonefly but I am sorry I am not sure what that was
- Student whats the things that look like butt cheeks
Bugscope Team haha Those are the compound eyes!
- Student if both of their eyes have a million more how do they see well
- Student do u surf
Bugscope Team not very well
Bugscope Team not much surfing goes on in central illinois
- Student are those all eyes?
Bugscope Team yes they are -- thousands of individual lenses
- Student why*
- Student Whats that thing sticking out at the top?
Bugscope Team those are the antennae
- Student i heard that once animals get high , they stay high until they die
Bugscope Team I don't know what happens to animals if they get high on what your login handle suggests. But I do know that dogs cannot handle caffeine or theobromine (the active ingredient in chocolate). They cannot metabolize it, so they go into this hyperactive state until renal failure (kidney failure) sets in and they have a heart attack. Never feed a dog (or cat) chocolate - especially dark chocolate - or coffee. Or Red Bull.
- Student so do we move slow to them?
Bugscope Team exactically!
- Student why do they like swarm around things like dead bodies and feces
Bugscope Team stuff for them to eat
- Student looks like bubble rap
- Student who do they eat poop
Bugscope Team For the same reason we eat food. There are nutrients in the poop that nourish the fly.
Bugscope Team insects are very resourceful
Bugscope Team They don't always eat poop. The larva also feed on decaying meat and vegetable matter.
- Student how do they reproduce
Bugscope Team all different ways, some are parthenogenic as well, meaning they do not need mates
- Student thanks daniel
Bugscope Team No problem, man!
- Student Our session time will be ending in about 5 minutes
- Student if one of the eyes are poked out can they still see
Bugscope Team yes
- Student do you have hornets
- Student what are the things that look like mesh
- Student whats an ommatidium
- Student do they have depth perception>
Bugscope Team yes! good that they have two eyes, giving them that stereo advantage. good questions
- Student do you have dragonflies
Bugscope Team Not on the stub today, but we've had dragonfly parts. The whole dragonfly is too big for our scope. I did accidentally have a dragonfly nymph in my aquarium full of tadpoles. By the following week, I had one big nymph and no tadpoles. I was sad. :(
- Student why do they only have a lifespan of a day?
Bugscope Team some insects do as adults; like all they need to do as adults is breed and die, not even eat
- Student What's that web like thing?
Bugscope Team That is most likely fungus. This mosquito has probably started to decay somewhat.
- Student whats the tissue inbetwen the eyes
Bugscope Team it's a biofilm, with bacteria in it
- Student don't be sad daniel
Bugscope Team hahahaha. I think I'm over it. But it left scars, man! It left scars!
Bugscope Team he'll be alright; he's a trouper
- Student i feel you dawg
- Student how long does it take for dead things to decay
Bugscope Team depends on heat, humidity, what gets there first
- Student when they are larvae why are they underwater
Bugscope Team that is where the eggs are laid
- Student josh wya yo
- Student so do we move slow to them or no?
Bugscope Team yes exactically we move at about the speed of rocks to them
- Bugscope Team i'm not sure what happened to josh
- Student what is the role of mosquitos in nature
- Student can mosquitos breathe underwater
Bugscope Team when they are larvae they do, but not as adults
- Student you have to have ladybugs bro
- Bugscope Team this is completely awesome
- Student do you have ladybugs
Bugscope Team i do in my house.
Bugscope Team but not on the stub today
- Student dsfjksdjhfjkdlfhdsjkfbsdjkfhsdjkfhjkfsdjkfhasdjklfhasjkdfhasdjfhasd
- Bugscope Team see the two super sharp things?
- Bugscope Team Daniel says mosquito larvae have breathing tubes and thus I am wrong
Bugscope Team Oh, Scot, oh scot. Wherefore art thou Scot?
- Student do you havw atwe4rbugs
Bugscope Team sometimes
- Student thanks
- Student Thanks, adios
- Student thank you
- Student thanksfor your time broski!
- Student Thank You!!!!
- Student thank you
- Student bye bros
- Student Thanks for answering my questions
- Student thanks
- Student are we your facvorite class?
Bugscope Team yes for sure
Bugscope Team You are our favorite class from New Jersey on a Wednesday morning in mid-November 2014! ;) (Yes, you're a great class.)
- Bugscope Team thanks and thanks Ganjaking
- Student thank you! :)
- Student cate is my favorite
Bugscope Team Cate made today's sample, DaddyO.
- Student lmk if you still want to throw 5
- Bugscope Team Thank you, Everyone!
- Bugscope Team It's too bad Tdot isn't here. She could have done her tick rap.
- Bugscope Team thanks PJ
- Student Scott and Daniel were my favorite! Cate you seem cool too!
Bugscope Team Cate is cool.
- Bugscope Team Cate is a reformed physics student, like an ubernerd.
- Bugscope Team Mrs. Prince, when does the next class login? And should we clear out the student names for you?
- Teacher we have our lunch times now until 11:33 - i will introduce bugscope, and the kids will log in at around 11:45, please clear the names, and i will tell them to use their first names.
- Bugscope Team we're fine with the hiphop names; we'll clear them now...
- Bugscope Team Thank you, Mrs Prince!
- Teacher yeah but if they use their real names i can tell who is asking the inapprop stuff
Bugscope Team all good
- Bugscope Team https://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2014-079
- Bugscope Team we anonymize the names on the transcript, except in the text itself
- Bugscope Team Joseph are you online now?
- Bugscope Team MacDaddy?
- Bugscope Team L4L and Purp, Zaab?
- Bugscope Team Bebe!
- Bugscope Team Yay! Yuanxi!
- Bugscope Team The next class is due at 10:33 our time.
- Guest Have to leave 10:50 am to my class. Sorry.
- Bugscope Team nice to see you, though
- Guest From the transcripts, can tell you had a great time.
- Bugscope Team thank you for logging in
- Bugscope Team Daniel is doing some computer stuff.
- Bugscope Team Cate and Josh I am not sure about.
- Guest Have a great time there. Will stay till 10:50.. get a few glance of the pictures. Are you going to change the sample for the next session?
- Bugscope Team I'm looking for more stuff for them to see. It will be a different group, so the things I found early this morning will not be old to them.
- Teacher can i get a transcript
Bugscope Team it's being collected now...
Bugscope Team The transcript is collected as we type, and will be completely available online at the end of the session. We anonymize the names because of privacy issues we encountered previously with stalkers. (Seriously.)
Bugscope Team Mrs. Prince, I will try to save a copy of the entire transcript as seen in my browser and forward a copy to you. It won't look great, but you will be able to open it in a web browser, and follow (from the bottom, up) the progress of the chat session. I will do this at the end of the session and it should include everything, barring web browser crashes or mistakes on my part. I have already saved the first part for you.
- Teacher hi, i definetly want to do the eyeballs, the female mosq, the tic
- Bugscope Team super cool
- Teacher also... can you guys focus more on how this will be used in forensics? such as identifying the type of bug that decomposes the body and using that as a time of death (age of dead body)? thanks
- Student Do ants have saliva ?
Bugscope Team good question -- I think so...
Bugscope Team Yes, ants do have saliva, but it is fairly primitive in the adults and lacks many important digestive enzymes. Adult ants primarily rely on their larvae to digest their food for them and then the larvae regurgitate the partially digested food back to them. Their mandibles are used almost exclusively for handling brood and foraging for food and cannot function as chewing mouth parts. The "teeth" on the mandibles that the students asked about are used in prey capture. Like swinging a two by four with nails.
- Teacher about the tic... it is cool that the eyes are on the back, if you think about how the tick situates on the dog's body, eyeballs in the front would see only fur, they need an eyeball on the back of the body.
Bugscope Team they cannot see like we do; we think the eyespots are actually heat sensing
Bugscope Team the Haller's Organ, on the edge of the forelimbs, can sense CO2 and maybe some other things like water vapor from your breath
Bugscope Team Loss of eyesight is fairly common in parasites. Parasites tend to have reduced sensory function because once they find thei host, they typically do not need to respond much to external stimuli like visual light, because they are well protected on or in their host.
- Bugscope Team Mrs Prince are the kids' names on the righthand screen now ones we should delete?
- Bugscope Team If you or your students have any questions please feel free to ask :)
- Teacher those are not my kids
- Teacher delete
- Teacher we are not in the library yet
- Bugscope Team these are the parts of the mosquito that stick into your skin
- Bugscope Team this is one of the two ticks on today's stub
- Guest Off to class..Kill my log in at your convenience. Nice to see everyone here!
Bugscope Team Thank you, Yuanxi!
- Bugscope Team to the far left we can see one of the organs the tick uses to sense its prey
- Teacher hi scott, my class is ready to start
- Bugscope Team awesome!
- Bugscope Team we're looking right into the mouth of a tick
- Bugscope Team the 'head' of a tick is called the capitulum
- Bugscope Team the center portion of the capitulum is called the hypostome; it sticks under your skin
- Teacher what kind of tic is this?
Bugscope Team it may be a Lonestar tick, I am sorry I am not sure
Bugscope Team Our tick person is in Portland atm. It is a hard tick, a member of the family Ixodidae, but beyond that I couldn't tell you which species. I normally use color patterns to ID them, which you cant see through an SEM
Bugscope Team A lone star tick would have a white star looking marking on its dorsal side (the side we can't see in its current position)
- Teacher is that a tongue?
Bugscope Team that is the barbed part that holds the head fast into your skin
Bugscope Team the tongue uis kind of broken up; it is a rasper, like a file that cuts into your skin so it breathes
- Bugscope Team this is what I consider the tongue
- Bugscope Team ticks go from a juvenile stage with 6 legs to an adult stage with 8 legs
- Bugscope Team often we can see bacteria on the outside of their bodies -- on the cuticle
- Bugscope Team we know that ticks can repair their bodies when they break or burst open
- Teacher moving to the libary now
Bugscope Team see you soon!
- Bugscope Team Different species of ticks can transmit different disease to humans, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.
- Bugscope Team Some species also have toxic saliva that paralyze their hosts as they feed.
- Bugscope Team maybe you are thinking about bees?
Bugscope Team honeybees
- Student Is it true that when Mosquito's bite you, they die right after?
Bugscope Team no not at all
Bugscope Team The mosquito only dies if you squash it
Bugscope Team only females will bite you. they need the blood meal to lay eggs
Bugscope Team Certain mosquitoes can lay multiple sets of eggs and will bite before they lay each set.
- Student wud up tim
- Bugscope Team this is a male mosquito. you can tell, with your eyes, that they are males because they have these really ornate antennae, whereas those of females are not that fancy
- Bugscope Team the male mosquito has a proboscis but does not bite
Bugscope Team Males feed primarily on nectar from flowers
- Student hey guys
- Student yo
- Student what do males do then
Bugscope Team they breed and die; they are said to live on nectar, like from flowers
Bugscope Team Male mosquitoes find female mosquitoes by sensing the vibrations that the female mosquitoes' wings make
Bugscope Team Males have very plumose antennae that are very sensitive to airborne vibrations.
Bugscope Team males have specialized organs on those ornate wings that help them zero in on the wingbeats produced by the females' wings
- Student hey
- Student How do they eat?
- Student Female Mosquito's head look different?
Bugscope Team They have less plumose antennae
Bugscope Team yes they do -- the first big difference is in the antennae
- Bugscope Team Moving to the eye of a different mosquito. The one you were on was not in good shape.
- Student how do they get rid of waste?
Bugscope Team How do you think...
- Student Mrs. P here, show them the eyeball.
Bugscope Team here is the female mosquito, where we can see the compound eyes much better
Bugscope Team I'll zoom in on the ommatidia, if that is OK.
- Student what do you eat
Bugscope Team Cheeseburgers mostly. some pizza here and there...
- Student mrs p here can you delete the old convers
- Student What is an ommatidium?
- Student wholes
- Student wow thats interesting
- Student how do mosquitoes have sexual intercourse
Bugscope Team I'm not sure if they do it in the air, like some flies do, but basically I believe they connect the tips of their abdomens.
Bugscope Team Some mosquitoes match their wing vibrations in a precopulatory courtship ritual. So if your a male mosquito looking to get laid, you gotta be able to harmonize
- Student what is their favorite food?
- Student what you got me lookin at
- Student Do you get paid for this?
Bugscope Team Yeah. In sunshine and rainbows. Via direct deposit.
- Student are those scales
Bugscope Team those are fine features on one of the compound eyes
Bugscope Team we think they help focus the light into the receptors beneath
- Student trhe bugs are dead right
Bugscope Team Yes.
- Student zoom out
- Student so do you yourself kill them or do you recieve them dead
Bugscope Team sometimes we have to stick them in the freezer for a while to kill them. usually we receive them already dead
- Student whats an ommatidium
- Student can we change this pic
- Student Do you do this everyday for students around the country?
Bugscope Team Twice a week
Bugscope Team The class can be from anywhere in the world I believe. My first session was with a group from India
Bugscope Team We try to schedule two a week. The scope is used by people engaged in doctoral or postdoctoral research, so that occupies the bulk of its time
Bugscope Team I did a survey of the data, and we have now had students from every continent except Antarctica.
- Student lol
- Bugscope Team AsiaJ26 I gave you control of the 'scope.
- Student what attracks them to blood?
Bugscope Team they can sense heat from our bodies and also CO2 when we breathe
- Bugscope Team this is cool
- Student ms p here how bout a diff bug
Bugscope Team Wasp wing hamuli. Not in very good shape though.
- Student my control not working
- Bugscope Team the hooks we see connect the fore and hindwings on a bee
- Student asiaj6 stop playing girl and pick a picture
- Student ok nvm we got it
- Student why would you want to kill bugs, they are apart of nature
Bugscope Team Because they are so small it is very difficult to examine morphological features without taking them into the lab and observing them under a microscope like this one. In order to do that we have to kill them. It doesn't affect the environment much though because most insects are short lived and there are just so many. The weight of all spiders in Great Britian outweighs the weight of all people living there.
- Student thanks man
- Student i mean josh
- Bugscope Team this is one of the ommatidia, and we can see that it has bacteria on it that are starting to make it break down -- to decompose
- Student im back boyy
- Bugscope Team Zooming in on some fungus.
- Bugscope Team Scott will tweak the picture quality.
- Student tf
- Student is this a rare bug?
Bugscope Team Nope. It's a common mosquito.
Bugscope Team Now we are looking at some pollen from a plant.
- Student So uh.. do you get paid for this?
Bugscope Team we get paid to train people to use the microscope to do their research
- Student WHY ARENT YOU RESPONDING TO US?
- Bugscope Team actually about 30 microscopes of various types
- Student booty
- Student we dont want control anymore
Bugscope Team I can take over if you want. But if someone else wants to drive, that's the best way to explore on your own.
- Student Do you guys have rare bugs?
Bugscope Team At the Insect collection on campus yes. the insects we use for these sessions though have to be thrown away eventually so we tend to only use common ones that are easily encountered
- Student mary eat my butt
- Student @ ME
- Student how you gonna dip on my class
- Bugscope Team sometimes we look at rare insects that someone is describing as part of a key to that particular new species
- Student No hard feelings but uhh.. why aren't you answering my question? :(
Bugscope Team This is all volunteer.
Bugscope Team sorry missed your question...
- Student Is it true that Mosquito's don't like hairy body parts, or Lavender perfume?
Bugscope Team Hair makes it difficult for a mosquito to land and reach the skin. So it wont stop them from trying but it will slow them down. Thats why humans make such good hosts because we are relatively hairless and very commonly encountered. Not sure about Lavender perfume.
- Student What are those spikes
Bugscope Team i think they help the pollen grains stick to things, like fur
- Teacher the ball with spikes looks like a virus
- Bugscope Team Rounak you asked if we get paid for this. Yes we do. This is only a small, fun part of our jobs.
- Student Do you guys have caterpillars?
Bugscope Team Not today.
- Student is this pollen from off the trees
Bugscope Team we think it is from grass, not sure
- Student Or lady bugs?
Bugscope Team not today
- Student so do you only get paid if you're an entomologist?
Bugscope Team Cate and I are microscopists.
Bugscope Team I am an entomology graduate student. I get paid to go to school atm. But yes, professional entomologists do get paid.
- Bugscope Team this is what the sample looks like inside the microscope
- Student =(
Bugscope Team We have a few ants!! :)
- Bugscope Team the microscope is about 4 or 5 feet tall and like a very large desk
- Student Ew.
Bugscope Team Hey, ants are cool....
- Teacher how large, i mean like, tall is your microscope
Bugscope Team the main component is about the size of a fridge box
- Teacher can they see the female mosq or the manibular jaw thing?
Bugscope Team you bet
- Student What about preying mantuses? (i can't spell) :(
Bugscope Team Nope. The most common species around here probably takes up too much room to be used in this scope as adults.
- Teacher do you ever examine the bug commonly called the "stink" bug?
Bugscope Team yes we do!
Bugscope Team Stink bugs are an entire family of insects, and yes we do occassionaly
- Student wow that looks like a sea creature
- Teacher what are the tab like things and what are the hair like things?
- Bugscope Team these are the mandibles and you can also see a bit of the palps of a small ant called a plier ant
- Student what is a mandible?
- Teacher mandible is a jaw guys
- Student wht is this ???
Bugscope Team The mandibles of the ant Strumigenys rostrata. they are specialists on small fast jumping insects called springtails
Bugscope Team The teeth on the inside of the mandibles are used to get a firm grip on the springtails they capture so that they cannot jump away before the ant stings them
- Student HI
- Student :)
- Guest bitch
- Teacher why don't you ask a lot of REAL DEcent questions and see how fast josh can respond
- Student Josh is so slow. :D
Bugscope Team he is typing larger chunks of info
Bugscope Team And I make loads of typos my OCD forces me to correct :/
- Student ANT JAW
- Bugscope Team in people the upper jaw is called a maxilla, and the lower jaw is called the mandible
- Teacher i will accept an apology now
- Student what is this?
Bugscope Team we're looking at the mouthparts of a tiny ant
- Student this is getting outta hand
- Student 101
- Student lol
- Student Yeah what is this
Bugscope Team The mandibles of the plier ant Strumigenys rostrata. you guys are zooming out on the rest of the ants head. It is heart shaped because it has enlarged mandibular closer muscles, allowing to have a stronger mandible grip and to close its mandibles extremely fast so it can catch springtaisl
- Bugscope Team here is the whole head
- Bugscope Team now we see where an antenna fits into the ant head
Bugscope Team These ants are very cryptic and like to play dead when disturbed, so having retractible antennae helps them do that. they also retract their antennae when they strike with their mandibles, so that they dont accidentally bite themselves
- Bugscope Team from the micron bar on the lower left we can see that the head is less than a half millimeter wide
- Student Can the ant funtion without its antennas?
Bugscope Team not for long; it needs to be able to sense chemical signals, and the antennae do that
- Teacher Hey scott, can others write in, beside my perfect students - that is
Bugscope Team yes they can, and we can remove them, as Cate did to the person who was particularly bad
Bugscope Team Yes, because we frequently have other teachers from other schools observing (though not today). When guests or students become abusive, we can remove them from the list.
Bugscope Team I had considered kicking off Unknown earlier, but since they were colored blue, thought they might be a legit student.
- Student WHERE IS THIS FOUND ?
Bugscope Team My labmates collected a colony of this species very close to campus in Urbana Illinois.
Bugscope Team Other species of Strumigenys can befound throughout the US. the most diversity in this country is in the southeast in the carolinas and georgia.
Bugscope Team The genus is found globally though. there are at least 835 known species
- Student FOH
- Student 732
- Student Is this deadly?
Bugscope Team Not unless youre a springtail ;)
Bugscope Team the ant is only about 3 mm long. Strumigenys are pretty tiny ants.
Bugscope Team They do have stingers but I doubt theyre big enough to puncture human skin. Plus when theyre handled they freeze so they probably wouldnt even try to sting you anyways
- Student what is that
Bugscope Team A plier ant worker, Strumigenys rostrata.
- Bugscope Team there are body farms in various places in the U.S. where cadavers are studied to determine which decomposers colonize them, and in what order
- Student so how can you get a job doing this? what would you have to do?
- Teacher in forensics - like in autopsies, how can the microscp be used to establish time of death?
Bugscope Team people have mapped out which insects, often types of flies, will colonize a corpse, and in which order.
Bugscope Team so the person performing the autopsy can check to see which insects have laid their eggs in the cadaver, and what stage the larvae are in
Bugscope Team Microscopes in general can be used to identify the species of insect, which may provide clues to where the evidence was located aside from the scene of a crime.
Bugscope Team This is also true for non-insect specimens. E.g. pollen can be an indicator of not only location but time of year. It does not degrade easily, and while it cannot usually be identified to a particular species, it can often be associated with a particular genus. Once this is known, most plants in temperate regions have a small window of time in which they shed pollen - usually on the order of days to perhaps a few weeks.
- Student Why it look hairy
Bugscope Team It uses the hairs for sensory information. some hairs are mechanoreceptors for touch, others are chemoreceptors for smell. Strumigenys tend to have very bizzarre looking hairs on their body, the function of which is currently unknown but something I plan on studying during my PhD work
- Teacher caddisfly laravae looks cool, can you show it and tell the kids what larvae is?
Bugscope Team Here it is. A larva is the caterpillar form of an insect, if it has one. It then metamophoses into a flying insect, in many cases.
- Guest FOH IM BACK
- Teacher orient us, what's the mouth, eyes etc.
Bugscope Team the mandibles are small, and we do not see the eyes, which are often tiny and look like little bumps
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- Student What did you all major in, to become professionals?
Bugscope Team I was an Entomology major as an undergrad. Im currently majoring in Entomology for my masters/PhD
Bugscope Team I was originally a computer scientist. I got involved in this because I was a programmer and visualization consultant at the Beckman Institute when we initiated the project. I designed the first web site in 1999, and then later rewrote a lot of the software. I then went off to work on a Ph.D. in Horticulture (plant genetics), and having recently finished that, am looking for a job.
- Teacher please drop Anon student
Bugscope Team Gone.
- Student demetria :)
- Teacher drop peter griffin
- Student and peter
- Bugscope Team the things that are sticking up are palps, which are used to taste and sometimes help move food toward the mouth
- Student Have you guys handled Tarantulas before?
Bugscope Team For the scope? probably not, as they are large, relatively long lived, and expensive
Bugscope Team I do have a pet rose hair tarantula right now though! her name is MaryJane :)
- Student hey
- Student what are those sticks
Bugscope Team On the head of the caddisfly larvae? those are hairs, or setae.
- Bugscope Team we have looked at parts of tarantulas; they have what are alled urticating hairs that they can release and which can stick into your eyes
- Student why you name it maryjane?
Bugscope Team Spider-man's wife is named MaryJane. and It sounded cute :)
- Student yea ok
- Teacher and the thing in the the middle medical term - penile in appearance
- Student peace bruh class about to end
- Teacher what are the 2 protruding things?
Bugscope Team They are probably palps- either labial or maxillary. They help the insect taste and manipulate food
- Student we out
- Student are those eyes
Bugscope Team I don't think we can see the eyes, if there are any.
Bugscope Team i dont see the eyes, but they would be on the very sides of the head if they are there
- Student goodbye fuckboys
- Student BYE :D
- Student What's the difference between centipedes and millipedes? Centipedes have 10 legs right?
Bugscope Team Centipedes tend to have less legs, but the number varies between species. centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment where milipedes have two pairs per segment. Centipedes are carnivorous while milipedees are all detritivores and eat decaying organic matter
- Bugscope Team Bye you all! Thank you for connecting with us today!
- Bugscope Team Bye! thanks for listening! :) hope you had fun!
- Student i like this its dope , you learn alot
Bugscope Team Thank you, Q!
- Student Bye! Thanks guys :)
Bugscope Team Thank you, Rounak!
- Bugscope Team we're going to shut down soon...
- Teacher thank guys
- Teacher wow, that was a lot of inapprop stuff - how do you feel about that?
- Bugscope Team no problems with us
- Bugscope Team we like working with kids, and we are used to them acting up sometimes
- Bugscope Team for us the best things to do are answer the kids who are interested, so we don't shut them out just because someone else is being a bad egg
- Bugscope Team sometimes it's the smart kids who act out, and they figure out pretty quickly that if they want a response they can ask good questions
- Bugscope Team bye!