Connected on 2015-04-27 14:00:00 from Orange County, California, United States
- Bugscope Team setting up
- Bugscope Team wele
- Bugscope Team haha
- Bugscope Team cannot type
- Bugscope Team welcome to Bugscope!
- Teacher Did you receive any bugs from my students?
- Bugscope Team haven't seen any
- Bugscope Team sometimes it takes a while for them to make it here
- Bugscope Team this is normal table salt
- Bugscope Team you have control of the microscope
- Bugscope Team this is a stinger with some juju
- Teacher This one is a cool one to start with :) I am glad you have some on standby
- Bugscope Team on it
- Bugscope Team in this case it is dried liquid.
- Teacher what is juju?
Bugscope Team things that dont belong on the insect- like dust/dirt, maybe oils
- Bugscope Team we can start with another preset if you wish
- Bugscope Team the sting of these ants is said to be comparable to that of a wasp
- Teacher This one is good, I will have them predict what is on the screen and then zoom out to reveal! Here they come!
Bugscope Team haha Awesome
- Bugscope Team Welcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope Team Please let us know when you have questions.
- Guest A leg
- Guest Is it a Ant?
Bugscope Team we are on the ant...somewhere
- Guest by the stinger
- Guest antenna?
- Bugscope Team Alinda. Yay!
- Teacher ready to zoom out?
- Bugscope Team in the background we see little craters in the doublestick carbon tape the insects are stuck to
- Bugscope Team Mrs Evans you can click on the screen in the NW for example, to get the 'scope to center on that point
- Bugscope Team Tried. It did not fix the problem. Maybe if I try opening it in a different window?
Bugscope Team yes or another browser
- Bugscope Team Scott I am having problems, I am logged in as an admin as far as I can tell but don't have access to private chat and cannot reply to anyone's comments
Bugscope Team Dude please try logging out and logging in again. I had a similar problem just now.
Bugscope Team the biggest problem, however, is that we have seen nary a mite on the ant.
- Teacher Hello, Can a guest control the microscope?
Bugscope Team yes please let us know who you would like to drive
- Bugscope Team this is the head of a trapjaw ant.
Bugscope Team Just FYI, trap jaw ants are the coolest insects ever :)
- Teacher Alinda would like to drive
Bugscope Team Alinda is now the Supreme Ruler.
- Guest They look so delicate up close!
Bugscope Team haha Yeah!
- Bugscope Team this is the abdomen, which in ants is called a 'gaster.'
- Teacher tell us more please
Bugscope Team Trap-jaw ants get their name from their unique prey capture mechanism. They are able to lock their long mandibles open in a 180 degree gape, allowing them to store energy as they contract large mandibular closer muscles, similar to how a catapult stores energy.
Bugscope Team Once a prey item touches the long "trigger hairs" located on the inside of the mandibles, the ant releases its mandibles and they slam shut on the prey at speeds of up to 60 meters per second, generating forces greater than 300 times the body weight of the ant.
Bugscope Team essentially they have tiny bear traps on their face
- Guest what do these ants eat?
Bugscope Team They tend to be generalists, but some specialize on termites that have nasty chemical defenses. their trap-jaws allow them to quickly stun the termites before they are able to release their defensive chemicals.
Bugscope Team Trap-jaw mechanisms have actually evolved in ants at least 4 separate times, and other types of trap-jaw ants also specialize on tiny fast moving insects called springtails.
- Guest looks so complicating when you look at them on a microscope
- Teacher Yume would like to drive...do the controls appear for the driver?
Bugscope Team Yume is the Pope of the 'Scope.
- Bugscope Team This is a spider, you're looking at it head on.
Bugscope Team on the head you can see its eyes, in this case, this spider has 8 eyes.
Bugscope Team currently centered is the remnants of a broken off appendage.
- Guest If you decapitated it, we would be looking at it head off
Bugscope Team you can't really decapitate a spider; it has a cephalothorax.
Bugscope Team A cephalothorax is a head and thorax fused together. so the body part which contains all of its legs also contains its head.
Bugscope Team sorry Chaim I messed up your pun
- Teacher hahahaha
- Guest that's so wierd
- Guest and kinda cool
- Guest why do spiders have so many eyes
Bugscope Team each eye serves a different purpose, some primarily in prey location, and others more geared towards detecting motion and reacting for defense
Bugscope Team Interestingly - not all spiders have 8 eyes, like many people believe
- Guest moth head
- Bugscope Team Spiders can do this cool thing called autotomy. If they sense venom from another spider, for example, entering one of their legs, they can just let that leg fall off, like vote it off the island so the venom doesn't make it as far as the cephalothorax.
- Guest moths*
- Guest why are they so fuzzy?
Bugscope Team those are all the scales. they are like feathers on a bird
Bugscope Team The scales allow the moth to escape from spider webs. the scales stick to the web and the moth can shed the scales and escape!
- Bugscope Team the proboscis is split down the middle, not normally how we see it, plus normally it is coiled up
- Guest that looks like a fly
Bugscope Team flies look a bit different once you've had a chance to see more of them up close
- Guest why are oths attracted to light?
Bugscope Team Moths aren't so much attracted to light as they are guided by light. Back in the day when people didn't have lights everywhere at night, moths used the moon to orient themselves and figure out where to go. Now with so much artificial light, they can't tell whats the moon and whats not which usually results in them crashing into our lights
- Bugscope Team moths, butterflies, mosquitoes, and silverfish are covered with tiny scales like the ones we see here near the center of the image.
Bugscope Team we know of course that butterflies and moths have tiny scales covering their wings, and often they produce color.
- Teacher Chaim would like to drive now please
Bugscope Team go ahead chaim
- Bugscope Team micrometers=microns
- Guest I see that the scale is now in microns
Bugscope Team 500 microns is 500 micrometers is a half millimeter
Bugscope Team rod-shaped bacteria are usually about 2 microns long
- Guest wow
- Bugscope Team this is a fly -- a fruitfly
Bugscope Team although Drosophila melanogaster is commonly referred to as a fruit fly, it is technically a vinegar fly because it wants to suck up the vinegar rotten fruit produces
- Bugscope Team this is a mosquito with a shrunken head
Bugscope Team You can tell its a male based on its exceptionally poofy antennae
Bugscope Team the antennae of the males have a special architecture that helps them sense and track the wing beat frequency of females of the same species
- Guest So males in the bug world are more beautifully adorned like male birds.
Bugscope Team in some cases. Not all though.
Bugscope Team moths are often like that as well
Bugscope Team For mosquitoes, the poofy antennae allows them to better sense the vibrations of female mosquitoes wings
- Teacher eyes?
Bugscope Team yes these are the individual facets of the male mosquito's compound eyes, called ommatidia.
- Bugscope Team when mosquitoes die and dry out the compound eyes often collapse like this, like a basketball with no air in it
- Teacher is this the moth claw?
Bugscope Team no we are in nowhere land, for some reason
- Guest my controls are glitching
- Bugscope Team there we go
- Bugscope Team here is the moth claw
- Bugscope Team some claws pinch together
- Teacher cool -our finale picture!
Bugscope Team this is cool
Bugscope Team well... not as cool as trap-jaw ants ;) but still cool.
- Bugscope Team there is a tendon called an unguitractor inside the tarsomere that serves as a forearm, and when it is retracted the claw closes
- Guest what are the functions of the claw?
Bugscope Team They allow the moth to grip surfaces. Primarily rough surfaces. Insects use a sticky pad located between the claws that allow them to grip smoother surfaces like glass. it functions similar to a suction cup
Bugscope Team that sticky pad, sometimes called a pulvilluis, sometimes an arolium, is in the middle here, but it is hard to make out
- Guest Thank you!!!
- Teacher Thank you so much for your time!
- Bugscope Team Thank you, Everyone!
- Bugscope Team The time went by so quickly.
- Guest thank you!
- Bugscope Team thanks for joining us today
- Bugscope Team It was a pleasure talking with all of you :)
- Teacher hilarious!