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Black Widow Males Twerk
2014-01-17 13:24:09

[ Watch the Video: Black Widow Males Dance It Up During Mating Time ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biologists at Simon Fraser University have discovered that male black widow spiders can 'twerk' like Miley Cyrus to attract females. According to a study published in the open access journal Frontiers in Zoology, male black widow spiders shake their abdomens to produce carefully pitched vibrations to let females know they are ready to court, and are not potential...


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Holarchaea novaeseelandiae
2014-04-07 13:00:17

Holarchaea novaeseelandiae is one of only two described species in the genus Holarchaea and is native to New Zealand. This spider is very small at less than 1.5 millimeters long. It is shiny black, brown, olive, or beige in color. The head region is clearly distinguished, features eight eyes, and a few setae. It occurs only in the forests of New Zealand. It lives in humid environments and has been found on moss, ferns, and plant litter. Image Caption: adult Holarchaea sp. from New...

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2009-06-26 18:03:22

The Hobo Spider (Tegenaria agrestis) is a species of arachnid that is native to western and central Europe. It is now also found in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. It has recently spread into southern Alaska, making it the first dangerous spider to humans in that state. It has been also recorded on a small island (Peberholm) in Denmark, and in southern Sweden. Its habitat is semi-arid and warm environments, although in Europe it is not normally encountered in houses,...

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2009-06-16 22:38:30

The Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is a species of arachnid that is native to the USA from the southern Midwest south to the Gulf of Mexico. It can be found in Canada as well around southeast Ontario, and southern Quebec. Its range lies from southeastern Nebraska through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern Ohio. In the south, it is native from central Texas to western Georgia. It is not usually found west of the Rocky Mountains. Contrary to popular belief, this...

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2009-05-02 19:18:35

The Leaf Curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei) is a species of spider that is found in Australia. It is commonly found in urban areas in the northeastern, eastern and southern states. The spider is commonly found in open woodland and forest habitats as well as urban and suburban gardens. The adult female is about 0.45 inches while the male is about half the size of the female (about .025 inches). Both male and female are similar in appearance. The legs and body are reddish-brown and there...

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2009-05-02 18:59:11

The Autumn Spider (Metellina segmentata) is a species of spider that has a Palearctic distribution and has been introduced to Canada. Adults are normally found from August to October. The preferred habitat is open wood edges or gardens. This is one of the most common orb-weaving spiders. The web of this spider has no threads at its center. Most webs are built low above the ground. The spider sits at the center during the day for long periods of time. Sometimes it will hide at the edge and...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.