Connected on 2014-10-17 09:00:00 from , West Virginia, United States
- Bugscope Team we are ready to go
- Bugscope Team hi!
- Bugscope Team hello
- Teacher Good morning!
- Teacher what are we looking at now?
- Bugscope Team I was getting some help identifying it right now
- Teacher looks like a wing
- Bugscope Team This is a hanging fly :)
- Bugscope Team This is the wing of a bittacidae (hanging fly)
- Bugscope Team T.J. says it is a hanging fly, which is not an actual fly. It has too many wings
- Bugscope Team They're not really flies.
Bugscope Team This is because flies have a reduced pair of wings called halteres
- Bugscope Team I clicked on the preset for the head of this hanging fly
- Teacher ewww...(what students are saying!)
- Bugscope Team Hanging flies look very similar to Crane Flies (which are actual flies), but hanging flies have two full sets of wings
- Bugscope Team They feed on other small insects, particularly flies ( i think?).
Bugscope Team Yes :) and males usually bring small insects to females as gifts
- Teacher Hanging flies eat flies!
- Bugscope Team They are called hangingflies because they capture these other insects by hanging from their forelegs and capturing prey with their hind legs.
- Bugscope Team if you want to try to go to another preset, you can click on the left blue and white arrow button and select a different place to go
- Teacher look like pliers
- Bugscope Team here are some earwig pinchers. There is actually a little mite on the upper left of them. it looks like a round mound
- Bugscope Team male earwigs have curved pinchers/pincers. Females have straight ones
- Teacher That's what we thought it was!
- Bugscope Team its proboscis unfurls like on of those party favors
- Bugscope Team you can also see its antenna - its right above the proboscis
- Teacher Does the moth have a compound eye like flies?
Bugscope Team yes they are compound, meaning they have many facets, called ommatidia, within them
- Bugscope Team This is a moth's head. you can see its large eye and its curled proboscis (mouth).
Bugscope Team this proboscis unfurls and the moth sucks up nectar from flowers like a straw
Bugscope Team there are moths that feeds on other unconventional liquids like blood and tears
Bugscope Team They feed on tears because they are rich with salt, which is needed in their diet
- Bugscope Team the compound eye on this fruitfly is a little deflated
- Teacher Lots of hair on the fruitfly
- Bugscope Team Fun Fact: what we call fruit flies are actually a vinegar fly! Fruit flies are completely different
- Bugscope Team They got their nickname because they're commonly found on rotting fruit
Bugscope Team but they aren't there to eat the fruit, they're there for the vinegar that rotting fruit creates
- Teacher aren't they attracted to the vinegar?
- Bugscope Team interesting. why are they vinegar flies? That's how I usually kill them- with vinegar and a drop of dishsoap
Bugscope Team that works because they're attracted to the vinegar smell, and the drop of detergent preaks the water tension and so they drown
- Teacher what's that?
- Bugscope Team These flies have a sponging mouth part.
Bugscope Team you can kind of make it out there between the eyes and its foreleg
Bugscope Team they use it exactly the way you would think, like a sponge, soaking up fermenting fruit juices
- Teacher looks like armour plates
Bugscope Team that's what an insect exoskeleton is like. So they can't feel much through their plates, which is why they have setae, or hairs, sticking out of it. the setae help them feel
- Bugscope Team This is a grasshopper - or an Orthopteran (that is the Order they are in, along with crickets and katydids)
Bugscope Team some species of grasshoppers are capable of becoming locusts
Bugscope Team locust is the name for these grasshoppers when they are in a swarming phase
Bugscope Team these species reproduce really quickly and when there are enough of them become migratory
- Teacher looks like a rug
- Bugscope Team they can also shed some scales to help get out of a 'sticky' situation, like a spider's web
- Bugscope Team these are moth scales, which is the same stuff that comes off on your fingers if you rub their wings
Bugscope Team in addition to colour granules, some of the colours you see on butterfly/moth wings are produced by the way the light reflects/refracts off the grooves you see on each scale
Bugscope Team These scales are easily detachable and can help the insect escape things like spider webs and other predators
Bugscope Team On some moths and butterflies, if you look in super closely (closer than we can on here) you can see the nanostuctures on their scales, they reflect/refract light and are the reason why some moths or butterflies appear to have one color but if you move a little bit they have a completely different color
- Teacher left...
- Teacher what is the popcorn like thing on the right side?
Bugscope Team I was curious, and looked at it. It looks like a clump of dirt or frass or something. Not much of anything I could identify
- Bugscope Team the strings are bits of web strands
- Bugscope Team the praying mantis grabs their food with these forelegs.
- Bugscope Team Some praying mantis will eat small vertebrates, lizards, rodents, birds, etc...
- Bugscope Team you saw the fruitfly had lots of setae sticking out between the ommatidia, or facets of the compound eye
- Bugscope Team mites love earwigs, so it isn't hard to find them
- Teacher are mites insects?
Bugscope Team no they are more closely related to spiders - mites also have 4pairs of legs while insects have only 3pairs
- Bugscope Team they might be a slight bother if they got on their eyes or antennae, but aren't usually a hindrance
- Teacher are the mites good for the earwigs? what do they do?
Bugscope Team some of them are phoretic, which means they are just hitching a ride
- Teacher we are going to have to close out now....we have to take a spelling test!
- Teacher Thanks so much for doing this for us! We had a blast!
- Bugscope Team thanks for joining us today for bugscope. I hope you all had fun, and maybe got a bit grossed out
- Bugscope Team Thanks for joining us, bye!
- Bugscope Team I'm glad you all had fun!
- Bugscope Team you can access all chat and images from today by going to you session page at https://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2014-069.