Mrs. Bliss' Dragon's Den

Student Blogging Challenge 7, The Sciences

This is our second year investigating bugs close up with Bugscopes help.  Here are some things we learned this year.

Moth head, it has a coiled proboscis — its tongue. Normally the proboscis is coiled tightly except when it’s extended into a flower

Water beetle claws! They have long narrow sharp claws compared to terrestrial beetles.

Honey bee stinger. There’s just one stinger, but it is separated into cutting/sliding parts. Honeybees lose their stingers when they sting mammals, because mammals have thick skin that holds them in.

The stink bug gland. This is where they make their stinky smell from.

Black trap door spider fang. This is where the poison comes from in the fang.
Spiders have pretty bad eyesight but can see changes in light and some movements ok, not so good as fly eyesight.

These are earwig picnchers!

This is the hook on a moths wing to

help them hold on to things.

A scorpion stinger with the poison

ducts exposed!

The silverfish has scales.  This way

when he is stuck in a spider web he can lose

a few scales and escape!

This is a scorpion head with three

eyes on each side!  Do you see the small

round eyes on each side?

If you would like to sign up to participate, and try it for yourself, it is free, you can catch your own bugs and mail them in, or they have extras if you can not find any of your own.

What is your favorite bug on Bugscope?

Can you please help us share this wonderful site with other people around the world?

Is there something about a bug that you know about that you would like to share with us?

This post in response to Student Blogging Challenge 7, The Sciences

Thanks to Bugscope for another fun session learning all about the bugs we caught this year and last year!

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4 comments ↓

  • #   Talon on 11.07.12 at 8:57 am     Reply

    The pictures are really cool. I didn’t know that the scorpion stinger isn’t that sharp!


  • #   jgoucher on 08.15.13 at 2:58 pm     Reply

    Dear Mrs.Bliss

    I thought that the close ups were really cool and I did not know that scorpions had six eyes!Did you have to catch the scorpion or did you use one that Bugscope already had?
    Sincerely,
    Xander


    • #   kbliss on 08.15.13 at 3:47 pm     Reply

      Dear Xander,
      Thank you so much for checking out our class blog. The close ups of the bugs are amazing, I totally agree with you! Hopefully, this school year, the whole 5th grade will be able to participate in the fun with Bugscope. I applied for it last school year, but I have not heard back from Bugscope yet. The fiftth grade students caught all the bugs, except for a few my grandsons caught and gave me. The scorpions were caught by parents or the custodians here at school! Have you ever seen any bugs where you live that you would like to see up close? Have you ever used a microscope before? Do you think that you would like to participate with Bugscope this year?
      Thank you,
      Mrs. Bliss and class:)


  • #   justinbobcat on 08.22.13 at 10:08 am     Reply

    Dear Mrs.Bliss’s class,

    Thank you for sharing these awesome pictures! I never really thought that the moths wings would have hooks. Did you know that tarantulas don’t bite, but they do have a defense mechanism. When they feel threatened they shoot their hair out at you! I was also wandering, what is an Earwig? Do you know if there is a reason they are called Earwigs? Once again, thank you for sharing these radical pictures!

    Sincerely,
    Justin


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