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2014-05-22 12:23:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today. "Heavy defoliation in some areas last spring left our forest pest management experts bracing for increased statewide spraying...

2014-05-22 08:32:18

Asian Longhorned Beetle Discovered in Babylon Township in 2013 WEST BABYLON, N.Y., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: Kindergarten through second-grade students at South Bay Elementary School will be treated to an interactive presentation on the fight against the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in their community. Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be joined by nationally recognized storyteller Jonathan Kruk...

bedbug
2014-05-22 06:41:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have channeled their inner MacGyver and devised a cheap and easy way to deal with bedbugs using only common household items. According to Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News, the items required to construct the ingenious new trap cost only about a dollar in all, and the new trap provides a “nearly foolproof” alternative to pesticides and...

eastern subterranean termites
2014-05-21 10:23:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A large international team of researchers has announced the successful sequencing of the Nevada dampwood termite genome, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The study team said that not only is the genome crucial for understanding the social insect, it also provides information that could be used for more effective pest control. "The termite genome reveals many unique genetic targets that can be disrupted for better...

female bush tiger mantis
2014-05-21 05:44:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda is one of Africa's oldest forests, and at approximately 620 square miles, one of the largest protected mountain rainforests as well. The three types of forest — montane, bamboo and lowland — guard more than 280 species of birds and 13 species of primates, along with a host of other animals and insects. A new study from Case Western University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has...

2014-05-20 12:33:42

Topical meds that prevent bites are preferred 9-1 over orals that work only after the dog is bitten LENEXA, Kan., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- No one wants to get bitten by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Pet owners also want the same protection for their beloved dogs, according to a recent survey of more than 2,700 dog owners. And, fortunately, dog owners can find prevention and protection from bug bites for their furry friends. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140519/89055 By a...

2014-05-20 08:33:00

First Chewable Tablet for Dogs Effective for 12 Weeks* Against Fleas and Ticks SUMMIT, N.J., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of BRAVECTO(TM) (fluralaner) chewable tablets for dogs (112.5 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg, 1400 mg). BRAVECTO is the first and only treatment that has been shown to quickly and effectively kill fleas and multiple tick...

2014-05-20 00:20:32

PHOENIX, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Ways Bed Bugs Are Bad for Your HealthWhen most people hear the words "bed bugs," they start to squirm a little and think, do I feel something crawling on me? And then the imaginary itching starts. We won't lie to you: There's nothing pretty about bed bugs. But with the increased news coverage they've received of late in Phoenix, we thought we might shed a little light on why you should be worried, above and beyond the creepiness...

2014-05-19 23:01:21

Local team’s mosquito control service adds tick product to help protect residents from both mosquito and tick-borne diseases. Woolwich Township, NJ (PRWEB) May 19, 2014 Mosquito Shield of Southern New Jersey has expanded its offerings to include an innovative Tick Shield product and has already begun its residential spraying service in the region. The Southern New Jersey franchise is in its second year of operation, servicing customers in Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties....

Special Chemical In Skin Keeps Octopus Arms From Entangling
2014-05-16 12:11:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With eight long arms covered on one side with prey-grabbing suckers – octopi appear to be very susceptible to getting themselves tangled up in knots. However, a chemical generated by an octopus' skin prevents this problem from happening by temporarily preventing its suckers from sticking, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology. "We were surprised that nobody before us had noticed this very robust and...


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

Baboon Spider, Pterinochilus murinus
2014-08-29 11:57:31

The Baboon Spider (Pterinochilus murinus), an old-world tarantula, was initially described in 1897 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is found on the African continent, in Angola, as well as central, eastern, and southern Africa. Among those who keep tarantulas as pets, Pterinochilus murinus is known as “OBT”, which means Orange Baboon Tarantula or Orange Bitey Thing, and also as the Pterror, a pun on its Latin genus classification: Pterinochilus. These nicknames are in reference...

Skeleton Tarantula, Ephebopus murinus
2014-08-29 11:32:08

The Skeleton Tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) is a species of spider belonging to the Theraphosidae family, a sub-family of Aviculariinae. This New World species is native to several South American countries. Its common name comes from the skeleton-like markings on its legs. The generic name, Ephebopus comes from the Greek meaning “youthful” plus “foot”, and the specific name, murinus is from the Latin meaning “mouse-colored”. The adult E. murinus normally grows to a leg span of...

Leaf Insects, Phylliidae
2014-08-05 10:01:39

Phylliidae is a family of insects most commonly known as leaf insects or walking leaves, which can be found in Southeast Asia and South Asia to Australia. Although it is classified as a family, there is no general agreement on its classification, as many suggest that the family is actually a large taxon that should contain separate families of leaf insects. It is thought that this family has changed little over long periods of time, due to fossil evidence found of a forty-seven million year...

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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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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