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longhorned beetle mate
2015-05-29 12:10:16

For us humans, meeting that special someone often comes down to timing, and it turns out – the same goes for longhorned beetle.

2015-05-26 12:29:05

Secretary Urges Caution with Start of Summer Outdoor Season HARRISBURG, Pa., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Health Dr.

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2015-05-11 12:01:06

Crabs are tickly! This crab spends hours tickling a mussel to gain access to a mate. That's dedication.

2015-05-11 08:31:49

Interactive Map displays U.S.

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2015-05-10 13:13:14

Jenga! The fire ant may be nature’s best excavator, seemingly drawing inspiration from the popular game Jenga by carefully stacking pieces of dirt to clear their paths.

penis worms
2015-05-07 14:37:43

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares. Penis-shaped worms, the priapulids, have been around for 500 million years, burrowing into ocean sediment and dining on other worms, shrimp, and other marine creatures. The bizarre penis worm can turn its mouth inside out and drag itself around using its tooth-lined throat, which looks like a cheese grater.

2015-05-04 12:28:47

PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If your renter just found a bed bug nestled into his or her bed frame, you can bet they are everywhere in that room, according to Jon Bailey who,

2015-05-04 12:24:18

NEW YORK, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Artists & Fleas, Williamsburg, Brooklyn's pioneering weekend market and long-time incubator of independent artists, designers and vintage collectors,

2015-05-01 23:04:22

The honeybee demise is a serious problem facing mankind in our modern age, but one potential problem that is contributing to the honeybee deaths may have a cure in an unexpected place - the Internet

2015-04-22 08:28:45

SECAUCUS, N.J., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hartz, experts in flea and tick solutions for over 55 years, today announced the release of a national consumer 'No F&T' campaign to educate


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

Lepas anserifera
2014-12-10 12:28:36

Lepas anserifera is a species of goose barnacle that can be found in tropical and temperate seas floating on flotsam and timber or attached to whales and the hulls of ships. This species, and others that share its genus, received its common name from its shape, which is like a goose, as well as the myth that goose eggs hatched from the barnacles. Lepas anserifera has a shell, or capitulum, that is surrounded by six plates that are white in color and is supported by stalk, also known as a...

Maylasian Earthtiger Tarantula, Cyriopagopus shioedtei
2014-10-04 17:28:02

The Maylasian Earthtiger Tarantula (Cyriopagopus schioedtei) is a large and colorful tree-dwelling tarantula from the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. The legspan of this large spider is 22 centimeters. The carapace length is over 3 centimeters. There is a distinct sexual dimorphism. The male is olive green colored with faint yellow leg striation. The male also has a blunt tibial apophysis and long slender legs. The sex of the sub adult males can be easily distinguished by the epigynal fusillae...

Singapore Blue, Lampropelma violaceopes
2014-09-22 17:06:17

The Singapore Blue (Lampropelma violaceopes) is a large tree-dwelling species of tarantula from Malaysia and Singapore. These spiders have been known to grow in excess of nine inches across. The body is a very colorful blue with brown or gold colored carapace. The male equivalent is normally not as vibrant. The diet is made up primarily of beetles, cockroaches, crickets, pinky mice, birds, and other small animals. During feeding, the abdomen will often increase in size two-fold. Image...

Togo Starburst, Heteroscodra maculata
2014-09-22 17:03:43

The Togo Starburst (Heteroscodra maculata), known also as the Ornamental Baboon, is an Old World species of tarantula which was initially described in 1899 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is native to West Africa and is found mostly in Togo and Ghana. These tarantulas can reach their full size after about three years. When they are fully grown, they can reach leg spans of up to five inches. They are characterized by their chalky white coloration with mottled black and brown...

Western Desert Tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
2014-09-22 16:18:33

The Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes), known also as the Arizona Blond Tarantula or the Mexican Blond Tarantula, is a species of spider belonging to the family Theraphosidae. It has a limited distribution within the deserts of Arizona and adjacent parts of Mexico but can be very common within this range. The common name “blond tarantula” is in reference to the carapace, which is densely covered in pale hairs and contrasts strongly with the all-dark colored legs and abdomen....

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Word of the Day
begunk
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.