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The Moth Versus The Crowd
2014-01-24 10:46:18

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology An army of citizen scientists has helped the professionals understand how a tiny 'alien' moth is attacking the UK's conker (horse-chestnut) trees, and showed that naturally-occurring pest controlling wasps are not able to restrict the moth's impact. The study's conclusions are published this week in the open access scientific journal PLOS ONE. No bigger than a grain of rice, the horse-chestnut leaf-mining moth has spread rapidly through England and...

2014-01-23 08:23:51

Arrow Exterminators Recognizes Five Pests for Their Athletic Prowess in Nature ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- World-class athletes competing on behalf of their countries are the epitome of must-see TV to the American public. As our USA athletes prepare to vie for gold this winter, Arrow Exterminators has prepared a list of the top five Most Athletic Pests to honor insects that possess Olympic-worthy traits designed by nature. To view the infographic:...

Spider Web Not Good Heat Conductor
2014-01-22 13:54:55

[ Watch the Video: Science Showdown Over Spider Silk ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study conducted by researchers from the University of the Basque Country brings into question the results of a 2012 study that found that spider silk conducts heat as well as metal. Two years ago Iowa State University scientists found that spider silk was not only a great heat conductor, but that the silk was just as good of a heat conductor as metal. However, the team...

2014-01-17 23:00:55

There are two different types of roaches, and treating both requires the knowledge and expertise of a professional such as Horne’s. Martinez, GA (PRWEB) January 17, 2014 Cockroaches are one of the most recognized insects in the world, and it is generally accepted that they can survive a nuclear blast. There are more than 5000 species of cockroaches worldwide and the earliest fossilized cockroach dates back 280 million years – 80 million years older than the first dinosaurs. Horne’s...

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...


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus
2014-04-14 10:24:36

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater that can be found in South and Central America in a rage that extends from southern Veracruz and  Oaxaca, through most of Central America, to Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and on the island of Trinidad. This species prefers to reside in a number of forested habitats including semi deciduous forests, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. It can be found at elevations between sea level...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

False Potto, Pseudopotto martini
2014-04-10 15:04:58

The false potto (Pseudopotto martini) is a primate that is thought to occur in Equatorial Africa. It is the only species classified within the genus Pseudopotto and has been studied using only the skeletal remains of two specimens. These were previously classified with the potto (Perodicticus potto) but were found to have enough distinctions to be classified as a species, although some argue that it could actually part of the West African potto species. Currently, the false potto is listed...

Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
2014-04-08 10:12:47

The Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a species of large North American spider which display strong sexual dimorphism. The males may be mistaken for the Brown Recluse due to the similar coloration and body structure. However, compared to the Brown Recluse, male Southern House Spiders are usually larger in size, lack the distinctive violin shape on their cephalothorax, and have abnormally long and slender pedipalps. The females are a dark brown or black color and more compact....

Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi
2014-04-07 16:16:36

The Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi) is a species of spider belonging to the Actinopodidae family. The spider is native to the east coast of Australia. The common name of the mouse spider comes from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. The females are black overall and are larger in size than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white colored patch on the front of their abdomen. Mouse spiders vary from 10 to 35 millimeters long and...

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