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Velvet Spiders Emerge From Underground
2012-05-23 11:39:42

Velvet spiders include some of the most beautiful arachnids in Europe and some of the world's most cooperative species. Social species can be very abundant in parts of tropical Africa and Asia with conspicuous colonies dotting the landscape. Social colonies may consist of hundreds of closely-related individuals that participate in dramatic mass attacks on prey and care for their young. The ecology of these social species is fascinating and has been the subject of several landmark scientific...

2009-01-06 14:24:20

A new, colorful poisonous spider species has been discovered in south Moravia, Czech Republic researchers said. The spider, whose bite triggers a fever accompanied by headache, has been dubbed Eresus Moravicus, the Moravian ladybird spider, and listed in the World Spider Catalog, Czech news agency CTK reported Tuesday. It can be found in the reserves where remains of the Pannonian steppes are preserved, said Milan Rezac, associated with Research Institute of Crop Production in Prague. He said...


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2009-05-02 22:04:28

The Ladybird Spider (Eresus cinnaberinus, formerly Eresus niger) is a species of arachnid native to Europe. It can be found from Portugal to Ukraine, and from England to Greece. It prefers sunny, dry locations and is widely distributed in central and southern Europe. In Great Britain this spider is listed as endangered. It is also considered endangered in Germany. It was previously thought to be extinct in Britain after the 1920s. It was rediscovered in 1979 at a confirmed site in the town of...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'