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

[ Watch the Video: Black Widow Males Dance It Up During Mating Time ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Biologists at Simon Fraser University have discovered that male black widow spiders can 'twerk' like Miley Cyrus to attract females. According to a study published in the open access journal Frontiers in Zoology, 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...

2014-01-15 23:02:57

Introducing AirAllé™, a patented lice treatment by Larada Sciences that is extremely effective. The firm is the only provider of the FDA-cleared heated air device that kills lice and nits (eggs) in a one-time treatment. Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 Many companies believe the economic recovery is moving at a slow pace, but not Larada Sciences. The company has been expanding, and aggressively working with entrepreneurs and investors across the country who wish to...

2014-01-14 23:30:37

Trends of bed bugs in Philadelphia were tracked, according to a report. In order to get rid of them cheap and safe, My Cleaning Products then advised eliminating them with the help of a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 A recent study about bed bugs traced the vampire-like critters in Philadelphia. Science news website sciencedaily.com related the details of it on its post dated January 09, 2013. Meanwhile, to help the residents get rid of the pest...

How Did The Desert Locust Lose Its Memory?
2014-01-14 10:59:40

Ciência Viva The desert locust (a type of grasshopper), much like Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde, goes from being an innocuous solitary-living individual to become a voracious gregarious animal that destroys everything on its path (and back). These two very different “personas” are remarkable adaptations of a single genome to distinct environments. But apparently, this flexibility is even more impressive says Patricio Simōes, Jeremy Niven and Swidbert Ott from the Champalimaud Neuroscience...

Bed Bug Infestations
2014-01-09 13:14:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two studies published in the Journal of Medical Entomology this month have revealed new insights into the behavior of bed bugs and possibly shown new ways to deal with these tenacious pests. One four-year study, from epidemiologists at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, found that bed bug infestations around the city of Philadelphia tended to be at their highest in August and lowest in February. "There is...

Ants Grow Their Thoracic Segments To Match The Tasks They Perform
2014-01-07 07:22:27

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia It has now been discovered that the specialization of queen and worker ants goes beyond the presence or absence of wings. In a study published in the open access scientific journal eLife, Roberto A. Keller and Patrícia Beldade from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC, Portugal), in collaboration with Christian Peeters from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), showed that ants grow the size of their thoracic segments differently according to the...

New Study Could Help Rearing Of Stink Bugs For Biological Control
2014-01-05 07:13:10

Entomological Society of America Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), a predatory stink bug that is considered an important biological control agent for various insect pests of cotton, soybean, tomato, corn, kale, and other crops. Now a new study appearing in Annals of the Entomological Society of America called "Effect of Egg...

2014-01-02 16:20:49

Arrow Exterminators Warns Ants, Fleas, Termites, Rodents and Mosquitoes Could Cause Significant Problems for Homeowners in 2014 ATLANTA, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pests have long been a threat to the quality of life we all enjoy. Their ability to transmit disease, spread bacteria and cause significant damage to property presents a real challenge for families and homeowners. To help prepare homeowners for 2014, Arrow Exterminators has prepared the top five pests most likely to cause...

2013-12-31 23:03:00

Dana K9 Scent Detection is delighted to announce the signing of a licensing agreement with the Bed Bug guru David Cain, managing director of Bed-Bugs.co.uk. This partnership allows Dana K9 Scent Detection and R. Dana Pest Control to be the exclusive distributors of the Hotel Bed Bug Monitoring System in the states of New York and New Jersey. West Haverstraw, NY (PRWEB) December 31, 2013 Widely used throughout the United Kingdom during the past five years with great success, the Hotel Bed...

Cone Snails' Role In Medicine Could Threaten Them With Extinction
2013-12-24 12:37:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Valued for millennia for their decorative shells, marine cone snails are now grabbing the interest of pharmacologists who believe the snails’ powerful venom could eventually be used to formulate equally powerful drugs to treat a range of illnesses. Unfortunately, many species of cone snails are currently threatened and their plight has been largely ignored, according to a new report in the open access journal PLOS ONE. In the...


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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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
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