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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...

2014-05-14 23:09:41

With a prescription from Pet Medical Center in Temecula CA, dog owners can now control both fleas and ticks with NexGard, a delicious beef-flavored chew that kills 100 percent of pests in 24 hours and keeps working for 30 days. Temecula, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 Pet Medical Center is pleased to announce that their veterinary hospital in Temecula CA is approved to prescribe NexGard for canine flea and tick control. This adds another option to the already extensive selection of quality...

New Insect Species Named After Shakira And Jimmy Fallon
2014-05-10 03:45:24

Pensoft Publishers Some Ecuadorian tribes were famous for making mummified shrunken heads from the remains of their conquered foes. Field work in the cloud forests of Ecuador by Professor Scott Shaw, University of Wyoming, Laramie, and colleagues, has resulted in the discovery of 24 new species of Aleiodes wasps that mummify caterpillars. The research by Eduardo Shimbori, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, and Scott Shaw, was recently published in the open access journal ZooKeys....

Three New Tarantula Species Discovered In Argentina
2014-05-08 03:38:13

Pensoft Publishers A team of scientists from the Universidad de La República, Uruguay discovered three native to northern Argentina new species of the engaging spider group of the tarantulas. The study describing the newly found tarantulas was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The often hairy and very large spiders known as tarantulas are one of the most famous arachnid groups. Despite their ill fame as vicious killers most tarantulas are harmless to humans. Most tarantulas...

2014-05-06 16:32:17

Donation Planned on Behalf of Attendees to The Alzheimer's Association LARGO, Fla., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cypress Palms, an assisted living community within the 88-acre master-planned Palms of Largo campus, managed by The Goodman Group, is proud to announce the grand re-opening of its state-of-the-art Pearl Essence(®) memory care community. First opened in 2009, Pearl Essence is the first residential memory care community in the county designed exclusively for women. Cypress...

Saving Endangered Birds By Giving Them Treated Cotton For Nests
2014-05-06 03:06:47

University of Utah When University of Utah biologists set out cotton balls treated with a mild pesticide, wild finches in the Galapagos Islands used the cotton to help build their nests, killing parasitic fly maggots to protect baby birds. The researchers say the self-fumigation method may help endangered birds and even some mammals. "We are trying to help birds help themselves," says biology professor Dale Clayton, senior author of a study outlining the new technique. The findings were...

Leaf Chewing Links Insect Diversity In Tropical Forests
2014-05-05 03:53:42

By A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State Observations of insects and their feeding marks on leaves in modern forests confirm indications from fossil leaf deposits that the diversity of chewing damage relates directly to diversity of the insect population that created it, according to an international team of researchers. "The direct link between richness of leaf-chewing insects and their feeding damage across host plants in two tropical forests validates the underlying assumptions of many...

2014-05-01 16:23:14

Use these five steps if you suspect a termite attack INDIANAPOLIS, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Your first reaction to seeing flying termites in your home could be panic. If you've had a previous termite infestation, you probably just feel angry. Either way, hungry termites mean business and your home is on the menu. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140430/82668 "After the cold winter we've had, you may be surprised to know that termites are swarming right now," says Ty Ferraro, Dow...

Bigger Not Always Better Says New Research On Beetles
2014-04-30 13:34:02

University of Exeter Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that the probability of a burying beetle winning fights, for the small animal carcasses it needs, depends on a combination of early life experiences and the competition it faces as an adult. These beetles use small dead animals, such as mice and songbirds, to provide food for their young and competition for a carcass can be fierce. Previous work has found that success in such contests depends on how good your...

2014-04-30 10:33:54

Sponges are usually considered to be the oldest living animals, having evolved before all other groups. The simplicity of their body structure and tissue organization has for many years made them candidates for the ancestral group of animals, and they have long been regarded as our best illustration of what the earliest animals would have looked like. This has been supported by genetic analyses, which suggest that sponges branched from other animals a very long time ago, deep in the...


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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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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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