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- Bugscope Team hi!
- Guest Hello
- Bugscope Team hello everyone!
- Bugscope Team welcome to bugscope!
- Bugscope Team we are looking at an antenna of a big bee
- Bugscope Team i can give control of the driving to any student if you want
- Guest this is ms. frederick
- Bugscope Team please dont be afraid to ask any questions you may have
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- Student Hi
- Guest Now its Elizabeth
- Guest are those hairs on the anntenna?
Bugscope Team yes there were hairs
- Student Are the white spots individual cells?
Bugscope Team no the spots in the background are features of the carbon tape the insects are stuck to
- Student Have any of these bugs come from another place?
Bugscope Team hmm 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
- Student Is this the head of a ant
Bugscope Team yes. the mouth on that ant was very large. I think it was a leafcutter ant
- Bugscope Team this is special salt that came from wendy's
- Guest what are the cracks in the backround?
Bugscope Team that is the carbon tape. it helps ground electrical charge and also works well with sticking things on
- Bugscope Team the salt has a special anticaking agent that makes it look like it is aztec
- Student apple jacks
- Guest why is only black and white
Bugscope Team we 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)
- Guest o thank you
- Guest can we look at another image
- Bugscope Team normal salt just looks like a cube without any cool feautres
- Bugscope Team features...
- Student change da pic mane
- Bugscope Team the left blue and white arrow will show you other places we can look at
- Bugscope Team here is a claw. Insects have a claw on each leg
- Student What part of the body is that
Bugscope Team this is a claw at the end of a leg
- Guest are those hair
- Student what is that
- Guest what is the middle of the claw
Bugscope Team there are special hairs that help tell the insect when there is something there and it will close its claw
- Bugscope Team the hairs help give the insects a sense of touch
- Guest What is in the background
Bugscope Team that is the body of the beetle, and to the left is a little pollen grain
- Bugscope Team the exoskeleton is like a suit of armor for an insect. The hairs give information about its surroundings to the insect
- Bugscope Team here is a bee tongue
- Bugscope Team it laps up liquids with it, like nectar
- Guest why does it look like a cloth
- Guest is the tongue ripped
Bugscope Team no, it has little ridges on it
- Guest why does it look like it is a dress
- Guest is the tongue rough?
Bugscope Team it probably is, but to us, we would barely feel it because it is so small
- Guest what do the ridges do?
Bugscope Team the ridges help grab the liquid
- Student what beetle
- Bugscope Team here is a little mite that was living on a beetle
- Student What part of the beetles body is that
Bugscope Team on the thorax
- Student wat kinda scientist is you
- Student How big is the mite compared the the beetle?
Bugscope Team very very small. like if a ladybug was on us
- Student what kind of scientist are you?
Bugscope Team i 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
- Guest what the thorax
Bugscope Team it's the part that the legs are attached to- the middle section
- Student change the picture
- Teacher why do mites feed on animal or human
Bugscope Team some 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
- Guest what is a entomologist?
Bugscope Team they study bugs
- Guest What is tge mite doing
Bugscope Team it just looked like it was sitting on it. They seem to die when the host dies
- Bugscope Team some mites, like dust mites, will appear after they have died and have been sitting somewhere dusty
- Bugscope Team these are pollen grains from lilies
- Student what is a lily pollen
Bugscope Team pollen grains found on lily flowers
- Bugscope Team ragweed look like balls that have spikes all over it.
- Guest whar are the streaks on the side
Bugscope Team on the left? those are cracks in the carbon tape
- Guest where are the pollen going
Bugscope Team i shook them off the flower to the tape
- Bugscope Team this is a stinger found on a red ant
- Bugscope Team i think Scott, who isn't here today, picked these up in Texas
- Guest what is the size of the stinger?
- Guest what is the ant stinger
- Guest doing
- Student how long is an ant stinger exactly?
- Guest what does an ant do wth a stinger
Bugscope Team they are usually for defensive purposes. they use them to cut into people or animals and then spray or inject formic acid into the wound
- Student What's around the stinger?
- Bugscope Team ants will also use their jaws to cut and then spray formic acid from its abdomen
- Bugscope Team half a millimeter or smaller
- Bugscope Team there are hairs at the base of the stinger and underneath is more carbon tape
- Guest is the acid toxic/can it hurt an organism?
Bugscope Team oh yes. it burns
- Bugscope Team it's not like bee venom though
- Student What is around the stinger/
- Bugscope Team ladybugs love to eat aphids. they are pests
- Guest thing
- Guest what is the ting on its face
Bugscope Team they have a proboscis (like an elephant's trunk) that they use to drink plant juice
- Student What was around the ant stinger?
- Student What was around the ant stinger?
Bugscope Team carbontape features?
- Bugscope Team aphids 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
- Student are those wings
Bugscope Team going along and behind the body- yes
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- Student BYE BYE
- Bugscope Team you're welcome. thank you for your great questions!
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- Bugscope Team hello!
- Bugscope Team if you need me to give control to a person let me know
- Student hii
- Student can you give control to leanna and torron please?
- Student THis is Ms. Fredericj
- Bugscope Team You have control
- Student frederick**
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- Bugscope Team this is an ant comb found on the leg. they use them to clean their antennae
- Student wassup
- Bugscope Team ants 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 Team the comb is the 'feathered' part
- Student HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Student what is your favorite part of your job?
Bugscope Team i never get bored. I train students to use the microscope you are using today.
- Bugscope Team i always see different types of samples, not just insects
- Student thank you
- Bugscope Team some people images scaffolds, which they will grow cells on
- Student do you touch bugs everyday
Bugscope Team no not usually. we do bugscope about 2 times a week
- Bugscope Team the images are black and white because we are using electrons to image and not light.
- Bugscope Team the electron images you might see in textbooks or in bug commercials are usually falsely colored
- Student what is your job like?
Bugscope Team when I'm not doing bugscope, i train or help users to prepare and image their samples in various microscopes
- Student we are having some connectivity problems.
- Student what kinda bugs u have?
Bugscope Team today we have some ants, a bee, a beetle, a praying mantis, some aphids, salt, pollen, a weevil
- Student what is your favorite bug ?
Bugscope Team i like bees because they have a lot of cool features and sometimes you can find pollen on them
- Student what is your favorite bug ?
- Student What made u like working with bugs
Bugscope Team my 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
- Student do you ever have to touche the bugs or do you just do the reserch and look
Bugscope Team oh 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 Team when 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
- Student what type of bugs do you research
Bugscope Team i 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
- Student how long have you been working with bugs?
Bugscope Team i started working here in 2005 after I graduated from the University of Illinois here
- Student thank you.
- Student Where does the name antamology
- Student what inspired you to work with bugs?
Bugscope Team we 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.
- Bugscope Team entomon comes from greek for insect
- Student What part of your job is the most interesting or exciting? - Kevin
Bugscope Team i 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
- Student how long have you been interested in bugs?
Bugscope Team i don't mind insects, but that's not the only thing i deal with
- Bugscope Team here is the underside of an ant head. it is very big and muscly. i think it is a leafcutter ant
- Bugscope Team the 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)
- Student What is the most dangerous part of a praying mantis? - Riley
Bugscope Team their front legs probably. they use them to grab onto something so they can't get away, and then they bite into their prey
- Student where does the name antamology come from?
Bugscope Team it's entomology and it is greek for the study of insects
- Student Thank you!
- Bugscope Team you can see a little bit of a compound eye on the upper right of the head by the antenna
- Bugscope Team with this microscope we can see things as small as 2 nanometers. visible light is around 300-700 nanometers
- Student What is the most interesting bug you have ever studied?
- Student Thank You! - Kevin
- Bugscope Team hmm....not sure. one of the least interesting insects is a cockroach.
- Bugscope Team they are very smooth and don't have many interesting features on them
- Bugscope Team shows they have been around for a long time
- Bugscope Team here is a non-insect-- salt
- Student How many years of schooling did you have?
Bugscope Team i have a 4-year bachelor degree.
- Bugscope Team normal 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
- Student Why does anthology interest you?
- Student Why did you become an entomologist?
Bugscope Team i 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
- Student what is the biggest bug in the world?
Bugscope Team a lobster :)
- Student is a lobster really a bug :/
- Bugscope Team there's a really big stick insect that could cover your back
- Bugscope Team no. lobsters are crustaceans and so are roly-polies
- Student What is the oldest bug in the world
- Student thats cool
- Bugscope Team maybe mites are pretty old, but so are dragonflies and cockroaches
- Student is there a bug that can be a rock
Bugscope Team not that I know of
- Student what is your favorite bug
- Bugscope Team there are little balls that look like soccer balls here
- Bugscope Team they are around 400-500 nanometers big and are made by leafhoppers
- Bugscope Team they are around the size of the wavelength of visible light
- Student what is a cornicle
Bugscope Team they are parts on the abdomen of aphids that exude a waxy substance to protect aphids from other insects
- Student what is the most poisonist spider
- Bugscope Team this is on a bee. you can see the edges are serrated like a steak knife
- Bugscope Team here is a praying mantis head. its arms that it uses to grab prey on going above its head
- Bugscope Team you can see it has big compound eyes
- Student are praying mantis an endangered species
Bugscope Team no
- Bugscope Team some types of honeybees are thought to be endangered
- Student thank you
- Bugscope Team thank you for your great questions
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