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2014-07-10 12:31:41

USDA The spread of damaging invasive forest pests is only partially powered by the insects’ own wings. People moving firewood for camping can hasten and widen the insects’ spread and resulting forest destruction. A new U.S. Forest Service study gives state planners a tool for anticipating the most likely route of human-assisted spread they can use to enhance survey and public education efforts. The study, “Using a Network Model to Assess Risk of Forest Pest Spread via...

Frog Larvae Have Developed A Defensive Response Against The Red Swamp Crayfish
2014-07-10 03:35:29

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology The common frog is one of the amphibians with the highest distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. It reproduces preferably in permanent areas of water where it comes into contact with the red swamp crayfish, which preys on its larvae. Research carried out by the Spaniard Germán Orizaola from the University of Uppsala (Sweden) confirms that the larvae of these frogs have developed a defensive response to the invasive species. They also...

2014-07-09 11:18:56

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Increases publication rates 3-10 fold and expands potential for protecting food resources Researchers at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences dug into the last 70 years of peer-reviewed publications about protozoan parasites that infest bivalve mollusks and found that when an organism can be cultured in the laboratory, more papers and greater understanding result. Senior Research Scientists, José Fernández Robledo and Nicholas Record co-authored...

2014-07-08 23:13:57

RESCUE!® fly traps are proven summer solutions for nuisance or filth flies. Spokane, WA (PRWEB) July 08, 2014 Flies are common, annoying and unsanitary. But they’re more than just a nuisance. They’re carriers of filth and more than 60 human and animal diseases. With temperatures warming, experts warn that hot, humid conditions create ideal environments for flies to breed and develop. “The warmer the weather, the faster the flies are produced,” says Dr. Qing-He Zhang, Ph.D.,...

2014-07-03 10:08:00

PLOS New species of spider wasp may use chemical signals from dead ants to protect nest A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Staab from University of Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues from China and Germany. Wasps use a wide variety of nest protection strategies, including digging holes or occupying...

Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Chewing Caterpillars
2014-07-02 03:34:36

[ Watch The Video: Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Insects’ Chewing ] University of Missouri-Columbia Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more...

Gene Silencing Technology Alters Sex Of Prawns
2014-07-01 03:28:58

Society for Experimental Biology Israeli scientists have developed a novel method for generating single-sex populations of prawns. This could be used to boost the productivity of aquaculture farms and even as a biocontrol measure against invasive species and pests. Male sexual differentiation in crustaceans is regulated by the androgenic gland. It is thought that this overrides a default program of female differentiation, allowing male features to develop. This comes from the...

Bloodsucking Parasite Threatens UK Honeybees
2014-06-27 03:23:24

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Scientists have discovered how a bloodsucking parasite has transformed Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) into one of the biggest threats facing UK honeybees. Honeybees are a key pollinating insect, adding around $40Bn globally to crop value. Over recent years the spread of parasites and the viruses they transmit has resulted in high overwintering colony losses. New and emerging threats to insect pollinators are putting increasing...

Lindsey Dougherty Discovers Source Of Disco Clams' Mirrored Lips
2014-06-25 03:32:27

[ Watch The Video: Disco Clams Light Up The Ocean Floor ] By Robert Sanders, University of California - Berkeley Four years after falling in love with the disco clam – a cute little mollusk known for its underwater light show – Lindsey Dougherty has discovered the secret of its mirrored lips. A dive instructor and University of California, Berkeley, graduate student, Dougherty first encountered the two-inch clam in 2010 while diving with her mother and sister in Wakatobi,...

2014-06-24 23:01:33

CLAMS Virtual Currency and getCLAMS.com are excited to announce that Justin Boscolo has agreed to change his legal first name to “Iheart” and his legal last name to “getCLAMS.com” for the next 3 years in exchange for $50,000.00, as part of an ongoing CLAMS promotion. (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 CLAMS Virtual Currency and getCLAMS.com are excited to announce that Justin Boscolo has agreed to change his legal first name to “Iheart” and his legal last name to “getCLAMS.com” for the...


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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