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2014-02-28 08:25:20

SHAWNEE, Kan., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans cast their votes in a leading consumer-voted awards program in North America and Bayer HealthCare's Seresto(®) was selected as this year's best new flea and tick control product for dogs. Seresto(®), winner of a 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award,(1 )provides dog or cat owners with the performance they expect from a monthly flea and tick topical in an easy-to-use convenient collar that protects for eight months...

Where Did All The Codfish Go?
2014-02-27 13:44:10

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa The mega-decline in cod and other fisheries across the North Atlantic Ocean threatens the livelihood of fishermen and communities in New England and Atlantic Canada. One suspect in the disappearance of cod and other groundfish is the food source for their young: a planktonic copepod crustacean, no larger than a grain of rice. Recent changes in local copepod populations have co-occurred with declines in fisheries elsewhere, such as the collapse of the cod...

2014-02-26 16:22:52

SHACKLEFORDS, Va., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Anderson's Neck Oyster Company announces that by March 9, 2014 the environmentally friendly small business will have filtered 20 billion gallons of water in the Chesapeake Bay through their oyster farm. You can view the progress towards this goal online at http://www.andersonsneck.com/conservation/. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140226/MN72072 By nourishing oyster seeds over time, Anderson's Neck has re-created...

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2014-02-25 07:59:21

Pensoft Publishers An inventory of wild-caught caterpillars, its food plants and parasitoids, has been going on for more than 34 years in Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), a protected area of approximately 1200 km2 in northwestern Costa Rica. As a result, more than 10,000 species of moths and butterflies are estimated to live in ACG. Their caterpillars are in turn attacked by many parasitoid wasps, also numbering thousands of species. However, most of those wasps have never been...

2014-02-18 08:32:03

Food pairing suggestions for the season and year round GLOUCESTER, Mass., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For those seeking to discover a new and fresh taste of seafood this Lenten season, look no further than to Matlaw's Stuffed Clams. Served as an appetizer, meal, or with a suggested food pairing, they make a satisfying and flavorful choice. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140218/PH66516LOGO) From March 5(th) to April 19(th) many people will be observing Lent, abstaining...

2014-02-17 23:23:22

New policy to counter bed bugs set to be approved in Lawrence City, said a report. My Cleaning Products suggested a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to help the residents clear the pest without risking their health. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 17, 2014 A new law against bed bugs was proposed in Lawrence City in Kansas. In fact, it was already set to be approved, said a report from ljworld.com. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to also...

2014-02-13 23:25:49

Bed bugs were discovered in a senior housing in Forest Park, said a report. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a solution to kill bed bugs right away without the help of a chemical spray. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 13, 2014 Bed bugs were discovered in a senior housing in Clayton County, Georgia. And to help others with the same problem, My Cleaning Products recommended a bed bug spray that could kill bed bugs effectively without the help of chemical ingredients. A...

Using Asian Longhorned Beetles Pheromone To Manage Pest
2014-02-13 14:21:18

Penn State Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States. "Tens of thousands of hardwood trees, mostly maples, have been cut down and destroyed in New York, Ohio and Massachusetts because of the Asian longhorned beetle,"...

Canadian Bees Get A Little Inventive With Plastic Waste
2014-02-12 08:06:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Canada's bee population will be back hard at work pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things once the snows melt. A new study from the University of Guelph reveals that for two urban bee species, those "bee things" include making nests out of plastic waste. The findings, published in the journal Ecosphere, show that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The...

Microcosm Of Biodiversity In New Plant Species
2014-02-10 10:21:53

Pensoft Publishers Biologists working in the Andes mountains of Ecuador have described a new plant species, a wild relative of black pepper, that is in itself a mini biodiversity hotspot. The new species, Piper kelleyi, is the sole home of an estimated 40-50 insect species, most of which are entirely dependent on this plant species for survival. This discovery is part of a larger project which focuses on the influence of plant-produced chemical compounds on biodiversity. The study was...


Latest Phyla 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...

Funnel Weavers, Agelenidae
2014-06-19 13:16:37

Agelenidae is a family that holds about 1,200 recognized species of funnel weaver spiders that occur throughout the world. These spiders build funnel shaped webs that trap prey in their complicated patterns, but they should not be confused with other families of spiders that build funnel webs like funnel-web spiders or funnel-web tarantulas. Funnel weavers can reach an average body length between .1 inches in the smallest species and .7 inches, although the largest species can reach total...

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2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

Crab Spiders, Thomisidae
2014-06-19 08:13:57

Thomisidae is a family that holds around two thousand species of crab spiders that can be found throughout the world. Although the name crab spider has been used to refer to a large number of species, it is most often used to refer to members of this family, especially the flower crab spider. Many members of this family have flat bodies that resemble those of crabs and others hold their two front legs in positions that crabs are known for or move in sideways motions as crabs do. Although...

Jumping Spiders, Salticidae
2014-06-19 08:06:16

Salticidae is a family that holds over five thousand species of jumping spiders that can be found throughout the world, including areas with heavy snowfall. Most species prefer to reside in tropical forests, but these spiders can also be found in temperate forests, deserts, and mountainous regions, among other habitats. Although the taxonomic structure of this family is well established, the closest relatives of the family have not yet been identified. Jumping spiders can range in size...

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This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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