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2015-01-08 13:07:52

An in-depth analysis of the black widow spider’s genetics, protein expression and venom content has revealed exactly how and why these deadly arachnids have become so extremely toxic.

Diet Of Elusive Red Widow Spider Revealed
2014-03-21 16:46:03

Beetles: it's what's for breakfast—at least for the red widow spider of Florida's "scrub" habitat

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

Biologists have discovered that male black widow spiders can 'twerk' to attract females. According to a study, 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 prey.

Black Widow Spiders Invading Supermarket Produce
2013-11-25 04:43:56

Purchasing a bunch of red grapes at the local supermarket last week nearly turned out to be a fatal decision for one Pennsylvania woman, who was almost bitten by a venomous black widow spider.

Black Widow Stowaways Make It To England
2013-01-15 10:00:58

In recent months, an increasing number of black widow spider stowaways have been found in shipments of tires from Arizona to England.

Predator And Prey: Tiny Wasp Hunts Venomous Redback Spider
2012-09-12 05:48:04

Even Australia's most common dangerous spider is no match for a nearly forgotten 200 year old flying insect, according to recent findings.

Brown Widow Spiders Becoming More Prevalent In California
2012-07-03 05:27:20

Brown widow spiders are considerably new to North America. However, they have been so successful that they may be displacing native black widow spiders.

2012-04-26 23:01:25

The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of natural science.

2012-03-06 08:00:00

The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of natural science.

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2011-08-18 10:08:50

Strength of spider dragline silk exceeds that of any material produced in laboratories, by far.


Latest Latrodectus Reference Libraries

Cobweb Spider, Theridiidae
2014-06-23 08:44:11

Theridiidae is a family that contains over 2,200 species of cobweb spiders, also known as tangle-web spiders or comb-footed spiders, which can be found throughout the world. This species received its common names from its tendency to build three dimensional, sticky webs and from the comb of serrated bristles on the fourth leg. It is thought that this family is the only to hold a high diversity of web types, including gumfooted webs, which are highly similar to those produced by spiders in the...

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

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2009-07-03 19:06:41

The Redbacked Jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni) is one of the largest and most common jumping spiders in the western parts of North America. It is not to be mistaken for the highly venomous and unrelated Redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti). The Redbacked Jumping spider may inflict a painful bite in self defense if threatened, although there are not any serious medical consequences. Adult Redbacked Jumping spiders are usually about 0.4 inches in length. Although the female has an...

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2009-06-26 18:10:24

The Biting Spider or False Black Widow (Steatoda nobilis) is a species of arachnid native to the Canary Islands. It was accidentally introduced to England around 1870 through imported bananas that were sent to Torquay. It is also found in continental Europe and Africa. Its range is extending northwards and is expected to someday be prominent in the United Kingdom. This spider resembles the black widow and is sometimes though to be one when spotted. It has a round, over-sized abdomen which...

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2009-06-26 17:05:26

The Triangulate Cobweb Spider (Steatoda triangulosa), also known as the Triangulate Bud Spider, is a species of common house spider that is found throughout the world. It is found along the coasts in North America, in southern Russia, in New Zealand, and in Europe. It is largely believed to be native to Eurasia. This spider is well known for the triangle-shaped pattern on the upper side of its abdomen. The adult female is 0.13 to 0.25 inches long. It has a brown-orange cephalothorax...

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Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.