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Bugscope Project: Going Buggy for Bugs!

Bugscope Project for 2012
Please check out our second live Bugscope session. We have a black trapdoor spider, a moth, a stinkbug, a cricket, an earwig, a honey bee, and more, all up close and personal! Just watch out for the trap door spiders’ fangs, they look like claws up close!

Best Bugscope Comments collected by: Amanda Sykes

1. Erin’s comment: I learned that moths have scales not feathers
2. Benjamin’s comment: I learned that a cranefly has no mouth
3. Destiny’s comment I learned that crane flies eat mosquitoes
4. Maddie’s comment I learned that a scorpion can pinch you
5. Chloe comment that silverfish can breath from over vents of the body
6. Dakota comments I learned that scorpions have teeth
7. Amanda comment I learned that  stink bugs have grands
8. Chris comments I learned that mosquitoes are part of the fly family
9. Clair comments I learned that crane flies have spikes on their wings
10. Julia comments I learned that stink bugs have senti stink when preters are around
11. Savannah comments I learned that a stinkbug defend itself by letting out a stinky stink
12. tyler comments bugs don’t have lungs they breathe through tubes
13. James comments that a silver fish  isn’t really a fish
14.  Amber comments I learned are that scorpions hairs fall out when they are touch
15. Wyatt comments some people get paid for studying bugs
16. Angel comments I learned that moths have 12 little claws to grasp and grab onto things
17. Zachary’s Comment: I learned that on a Moth’s wing it has a claw, like a dragons, and is used for grasping like a human’s hand.
18. Ryder comments moths have claws grad things so the wind will not blow them away
18. Drew comments I learned that a centipede has poison ducts on its body
19. Faith comments when stink bugs die they smell because they have a certain chemical
20. Nadia comments that a cranefly doesn’t breathe thru its nose or mouth it breathes through its sides
21. Chloe comments I learned that moths have fur that looks like feathers close up
22. Hailey comment I learned that moths tongues are salty and their eyes are like marbles
23. Madeline comments I learned that the stinkbugs have glanz on the side on their bodies to stay safe from predators
24. Elisa comments that the scorpion had two holes where the poison comes out
25. Faith comments I learned that a scorpion eats with its claws


If you missed being a part of this morning interactive live chat, you can still view the archives by clicking here:)


Peralta Trail Elementary Schools 5th grade class would like for you to join us today, Wednesday, March 28, 2011, for our live chat from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  If this sounds fun and exciting to you, please read the information below and then click Bugscope homepage.  If you are reading this after our session, you can still look at the archives of the pictures and chat we had:)

What is Bugscope?

Interactively control a $6000,000.00 scanning electron microscope and send your questions to scientist using the built in chat.  The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports K-16 classrooms worldwide.

Bugscope allows teachers everywhere to provide students with the opportunity to become microscopists themselves—the kids propose experiments, explore insect specimens at high-magnification, and discuss what they see with our scientists—all from a regular web browser over a standard broadband internet connection.

How does it work?

You sign up, ask your students to find some bugs, and mail them to us. We accept your application, schedule your session, and prepare the bugs for insertion into the electron microscope. When your session time arrives, we put the bug(s) into the microscope and set it up for your classroom. Then you and your students login over the web and control the microscope. We’ll be there via chat to guide you and answer the kids’ questions.

Before each session, teachers and students can prepare by reading through our tutorials and FAQs. We can also schedule a test session so you can try it out first if you want. After your session, you can forever return to our website to view every chat line, image, and sample you—and every other classroom—has collected. Bugscope has been active since 1999 and has supported roughly 300 sessions with more than 200 different schools.

Why BUGscope? Insects are the right size and work well in the microscope. They’re easy to find on nearly every playground or backyard. They have great detail at high magnification that most people have never seen. They fit into most schools’ science curriculums. And finally, because kids are fascinated by bugs!

Here is the application that I filled out to see if our 5th classes would be able to participate in this fantastic project.  Thankfully, we were accepted:)

The Project

Project Title Going Buggy for Bugs!
Insects To Study Spiders, scorpions, butterflies, moths, crickets, grasshoppers, and other bugs of this area.
Project Description This is my first year teaching science, and all the other subjects, besides math. I have taught math for 15 years for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. So, I feel this will encourage my students for the hands on part of the science lessons. Plus, it sounds like a very interesting way to learn about science. We use microscopes in 5th grade, but they are small and not very user friendly. I have talked to my kids about this project and they are very excited it and already are collecting bugs for you:) Thank you for considering our 5th grade classes.


What was your favorite bug to see on the $600,000.00 interactive electron microscrope?

Do you think you would like to have your own live session with Bugscope?

Did you learn any new and interesting facts that you did not know before?



  • #   Mrs R on 03.28.12 at 10:43 am     Reply

    Thank you for letting us sit in on your session. Your questions were excellent and the insects were amazing! Great job!

  • #   Ms. Earl on 03.28.12 at 2:14 pm     Reply

    Thank you for sharing your photos, comments, and experience! The bugs are art when seen up close, like little sculptures! I especially like the Crane Fly info! They scare my daughters to death!! I can now tell them they are harmless.
    What a cool thing you got to do!!

  • #   Zach and Cerenity on 04.04.12 at 12:24 pm     Reply

    Hi Mrs. R.,
    We were glad that you could sit in on the Bugscope project with our class! We hope that you enjoyed seeing all of the bugs.

    Did you know that scorpions can have up to six eyes on their head? Also, did you know a cranefly is not really a fly? It is in the mosquito family, and actually eats mosquitoes? The slang term is “skeeter eater.”

    We had good comments because we are practicing using Quality Comments in our blog and class. If you don’t already know what Quality Commenting is, you can visit our page on Commenting at

    Do you use quality comments?

    What was your favorite bug?

    Did you ask any questions on Bugscope?

  • #   Sankari on 11.28.12 at 4:44 pm     Reply

    Dear Mrs Bliss
    I have learned so much about bugs. This can help me in my future. I didn’t know that Mosquitos were part of the fly family. I just thought that mosquitos was just a normal bug. Thank you for this information. Come and visit our blog. There is so much more that you can learn. Hope to see you on our blog.
    Yours Truly,

    • #   kbliss on 08.15.13 at 4:01 pm     Reply

      Dear Sankari,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our class blog. We are very excited about the bug posts that we created. I had forgotten that the Mosquito was part of the fly family, thank you so much for reminding me.

      Do you know how many eyes a Scorpion has? Do moths have hooks on their wings? You can find these answers on our blog also.
      Thank you,
      Mrs. BLiss and class:)

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