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2014-03-21 08:21:58

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- March 25 marks the start of the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association's (PaPMA) annual Termite Awareness Week to promote education and public vigilance against termites. Often called "silent destroyers," termites can live in your home undetected without causing any immediate signs of damage. Termites feed on cellulose, a plant-based material found in wood and many other materials used in home-building. Subterranean termites form colonies...

Earliest Stick Insect Fossils Discovered
2014-03-20 08:06:36

PLOS Wing shape and coloration pattern suggest plant-mimicking stick insects from the Early Cretaceous An ancient stick insect species may have mimicked plant leaves for defense, according to a paper published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on March 19, 2014 by Maomin Wang, from Capital Normal University, China and colleagues. Many insects have developed defense mechanisms, including the ability to mimic the surrounding environment. Stick and leaf insects mimic plants from...

2014-03-18 23:30:16

Bed bugs were scourging an apartment complex in Maine, said a report. In order to help the residents and the rest of the public, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of a pesticide-exempt spray to kill bed bugs fast and safe. Portland, ME (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 Bed bugs were reportedly infesting an apartment complex in Maine. News website wgme.com gave the details about it on its post dated March 14, 2014. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug...

Nineteen New Speedy Praying Mantis Species Discovered That Hide And Play Dead To Avoid Capture
2014-03-18 20:17:07

Pensoft Publishers A scientist has discovered 19 new species of praying mantis from Central and South America. The new species of bark mantises were discovered in tropical forests and also found among existing museum collections. Dr. Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate zoology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, described the new species and published a revision of the genus Liturgusa in the open access journal ZooKeys. Svenson collected the insects from eight countries in...

2014-03-14 23:26:55

The bed bugs in Petersburg have invaded a high-rise apartment complex, said a report. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to help anyone dealing with the same pests. Richmond, VA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014 Bed bugs have invaded an apartment complex in Petersburg, Virginia. A report from wric.com dated March 10, 2014, related the details of the incident. Meanwhile, wanting to help anyone dealing with the critters, My Cleaning Products suggested...

2014-03-14 23:02:31

Tick-borne disease expert Dr. Thomas Mather conducts tests that determine frigid temps not likely to reduce Spring/Summer tick abundance. Greensboro, NC and Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014 Have you been wondering (or hoping) that these brutal polar vortex weather episodes sweeping the nation are freezing off ticks? Tick-borne disease expert, Dr. Thomas Mather, the Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and TickEncounter Resource Center was asked...

Specialization By Insect Species Is The Key
2014-03-14 14:54:57

University of Iowa Most of us already imagine the tropics as a place of diversity—a lush region of the globe teeming with a wide variety of exotic plants and animals. But for researchers Andrew Forbes and Marty Condon, there's even more diversity than meets the eye. In a paper published in the March 14 issue of the journal Science, Forbes and Condon report the discovery of extraordinary diversity and specialization in the tropics. The paper builds upon previous research conducted...

Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard
2014-03-12 09:31:54

Springer Ants are the unlikely guardians of jumping spiders in their battle against aggressive spitting spiders A timid jumping spider uses the scent of ants as a secret weapon to save itself from becoming the somewhat soggy prey of the predatory spitting spider. The downside to this plan is that jumping spiders are also a favorite snack of its very own saviors. To overcome this additional hazard, the spider has made yet another plan in the form of an ant-proof nest, writes Ximena...

2014-03-11 23:27:34

Infestation of bed bugs in a Michigan apartment complex reportedly led to the trashing of the residents' furniture. My Cleaning Products suggested the use of a pesticide-exempt spray to help the public kill bed bugs safe and avoid the same incident. Holland, MI (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 A subsidized-housing in Holland, Michigan was infested by the pesky bed bugs. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of pesticide-exempt Bed Bug Bully to help the public kill bed...

Synthetic Spider Silk Has Superhero Strength
2014-03-06 12:43:18

American Chemical Society Spider silk of fantastical, superhero strength is finally speeding toward commercial reality — at least a synthetic version of it is. The material, which is five times stronger than steel, could be used in products from bulletproof vests to medical implants, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. Alex Scott, a senior editor at C&EN, notes that spider...


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

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....

Texas Brown Tarantula, Aphonopelma hentzi
2014-09-22 16:02:39

The Texas Brown Tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi), known also as the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula or the Missouri Tarantula, is one of the most common species of tarantula thriving in the southern-most United States today. Texas Browns can grow to be over four inches in legspan, and weigh more than three ounces as adults. The body is a dark brown color. The shades may vary between individual tarantulas and is more distinct after moult. Female individuals can lay up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs are...

Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula, Aphonopelma seemanni
2014-09-21 10:12:51

The Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni), known also as the Striped-knee Tarantula, inhabits the majority of the western Costa Rica, as well as other portions of Central America, such as Honduras and Nicaragua, and possibly Guatemala. It’s usually black with white stripes near the joint; however, a brown color formation also exists for this spider. These tarantulas are deep-burrowing spiders. They reside in open semi-arid scrublands, and are often found in large...

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