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

[ Watch the Video: Check Your Grapes! Black Widow Spiders May Be Lurking Within ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. As reported by the Daily Mail on Saturday, the woman, Yvonne Whalen, was washing the produce in a colander when she saw a spider crawl over the top of one...

Smaller Islands Have Shorter Food Chains
2013-11-22 09:07:08

University of Helsinki That smaller islands will typically sustain fewer species than large ones is a widespread pattern in nature. Now a team of researchers shows that smaller area will mean not only fewer species, but also shorter food chains. This implies that plant and animal communities on small islands may work differently from those on large ones. Top predators the first to go Working across a set of 20 islands off the Finnish coast, a group of Finnish scientists found that a...

Research Into Desert Locusts Discovers How Your Environment Shapes Your Thinking
2013-11-21 13:12:19

University of Leicester A team of scientists has shown how the environment shapes learning and memory by training locusts like Pavlov's dog to associate different smells with reward or punishment. Desert locusts are notorious for their devastating swarms. However, they do not always live in swarms — they switch between a lone living 'solitary phase' and a swarming 'gregarious' phase. The two phases differ profoundly in looks, behavior and in their life style. The new research from...

Thousands Of Years Of Captive Breeding Has Impaired Olfactory Functions In Silkmoths
2013-11-21 10:22:04

Max Planck Institute Domesticated silkmoths Bombyx mori have a much more limited perception of environmental odors compared to their wild relatives. The extremely sensitive olfactory detection of pheromones in males eager to mate, however, remains unaltered. A new study on silkmoths published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that the insects’ ability to perceive environmental odors has been reduced after about 5000 years of domestication by humans. Scientists from the...

Three New Wafer Trapdoor Spiders Discovered In Brazil
2013-11-20 11:17:07

Pensoft Publishers Scientists discover three new gorgeous species of the wafer trapdoor genus Fufius – F. minusculus, F. jalapensis, and F. candango. The discovery of the three new species, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, paves the road to understanding the morphological variability of the species in this little known mygalomorph genus. The family Cyrtaucheniidae is a widespread family of spiders, known also as wafer trapdoor spiders. Many, but not all, make wafer-like...

Scientists Kill World’s Oldest Creature While Verifying Its Age
2013-11-15 10:16:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The good news is that scientists confirmed that a clam known as “Ming” was not only the world’s oldest creature, but was actually 102 years older than they previously believed. The bad news is that they killed it during the initial age verification back in 2006. According to Jon David Kahn of Breitbart.com, Ming was discovered in the seabeds of Iceland by climate change researchers from Bangor University in 2006. In order to...

2013-11-11 23:25:43

Bed bugs reportedly found in a Brashear High student's backpack. My Cleaning Products warned public of their intrusion to houses and recommended a bed bug spray to help. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 11, 2013 Bed bugs found their way to Brashear High School. According to a report from cbslocal.com published on November 07, 2013, they were spotted at the school last week. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a bed bug spray to the public to help them kill the pests...

2013-11-11 21:31:03

Engineering has always taken cues from biology. Natural organisms and systems have done well at evolving to perform tasks and achieve objectives within the limits set by nature and physics. That is one of the reasons Anette Hosoi, professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies snails. Snails can move in any direction—horizontally, vertically, and upside down—on various surfaces, be it sand, shells, tree barks or slick walls and smooth glass....

2013-11-07 16:31:37

Bio-based product for controlling zebra and quagga mussels provides environmentally responsible alternative to chlorine and other toxic chemicals DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) (NASDAQ: MBII), a leading global provider of bio-based pest management products for agriculture and water, announced today that the state of California has issued a Certificate of Pesticide Registration for Zequanox(®) to control invasive zebra and quagga...

Rare Insect Mating Fossil
2013-11-07 13:25:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal PLOS One say they have found the oldest fossil of insects caught in the act of mating. Scientists have very limited knowledge of mating position and genitalia orientation in ancient insects because fossil records are scarce. However, the latest discovery helps broaden the picture of how ancient bugs did it, adding more data to help scientists study the early stages of evolution. “Mating behaviors...


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus
2014-04-14 10:24:36

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater that can be found in South and Central America in a rage that extends from southern Veracruz and  Oaxaca, through most of Central America, to Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and on the island of Trinidad. This species prefers to reside in a number of forested habitats including semi deciduous forests, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. It can be found at elevations between sea level...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

False Potto, Pseudopotto martini
2014-04-10 15:04:58

The false potto (Pseudopotto martini) is a primate that is thought to occur in Equatorial Africa. It is the only species classified within the genus Pseudopotto and has been studied using only the skeletal remains of two specimens. These were previously classified with the potto (Perodicticus potto) but were found to have enough distinctions to be classified as a species, although some argue that it could actually part of the West African potto species. Currently, the false potto is listed...

Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
2014-04-08 10:12:47

The Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a species of large North American spider which display strong sexual dimorphism. The males may be mistaken for the Brown Recluse due to the similar coloration and body structure. However, compared to the Brown Recluse, male Southern House Spiders are usually larger in size, lack the distinctive violin shape on their cephalothorax, and have abnormally long and slender pedipalps. The females are a dark brown or black color and more compact....

Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi
2014-04-07 16:16:36

The Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi) is a species of spider belonging to the Actinopodidae family. The spider is native to the east coast of Australia. The common name of the mouse spider comes from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. The females are black overall and are larger in size than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white colored patch on the front of their abdomen. Mouse spiders vary from 10 to 35 millimeters long and...

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