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2014-04-29 16:23:04

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first-ever Congressional subcommittee hearing on pollinator health, held today, failed to include a robust science-based discussion about the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees. Pesticide manufacturer Bayer (DE:BAYN) testified at the hearing for the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. But the panel included no independent scientists on the leading edge of...

Scientists Test Praying Mantis Vision Using Tiny 3D Glasses
2014-04-28 13:21:53

[ Watch the Video: Computation of 3D Vision In Praying Mantises ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our ability to see in three dimensions is based on disparities in our eyes between the locations of an object’s image. Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom are working to understand if this same mechanism is taking place inside praying mantises – the only invertebrate known to see in 3D. “Despite their minute brains, mantises are...

2014-04-24 23:02:43

From April 24 to June10, Seattle seafood restaurant Duke’s Chowder House of Seattle will be featuring Dungeness Crab on their Fresh Sheet Menu. Seattle (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 From April 24 to June10, Duke’s Chowder House of Seattle will be featuring Dungeness Crab on their Fresh Sheet Menu. Hauled from the coastal waters of Washington, these iconic Northwest crabs are revered for their firm meat, outstanding flavor, and telltale fragrant aroma. According to Duke Moscrip, Founder and...

Spiders In Space Weave A Web Of Scientific Knowledge
2014-04-24 03:44:31

Laura Niles, NASA While spiders were busy spinning webs in space, researchers on Earth weaved their knowledge of this activity into educational materials to inspire and motivate students. Now, this free, Web-based guide is being re-released through Scholastic and Sony Pictures as curriculum for educators to leap on the excitement surrounding the release of the film, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” For those who may have missed it, this guide’s inspiration came from real science using...

2014-04-24 04:21:17

What We All Need to Do: DIY Tips Revealed by Mosquito Squad to Protect from Ticks and Mosquitoes RICHMOND, Va., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lyme disease doesn't discriminate. While singer Debbie Gibson is the latest noteworthy individual to announce her fight with the illness, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, actor Alec Baldwin and President George W. Bush have all been given the Lyme disease diagnosis. Some say conditions are ripe for an increase in infected ticks and Lyme Disease this...

Mantis Shrimp Is Stronger Than Airplanes
2014-04-23 03:00:09

Sean Nealon, University of California, Riverside Inspired by mantis shrimp, researchers design composite material stronger than standard used in airplane frames Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in...

2014-04-22 23:17:06

Bed bugs were reportedly confirmed in two Princetone University student housings. To help the public kill bed bugs without the use of harmful chemicals, My Cleaning Products suggested the switch to Bed Bug Bully. Jersey City, NJ (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 The presence of bed bugs was confirmed in Princeton University's two student housings. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of an organic-based product to kill bed bugs effectively without endangering the...

2014-04-16 23:17:09

Bed bugs were reportedly spotted in a motel in east San Antonio. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to help the public kill bed bugs fast and safely. San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 In San Antonio, a customer of one motel complained of being bitten by bed bugs. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray in order to help the public kill bed bugs fast. A report from mysanantonio.com...

2014-04-15 23:13:29

My Cleaning Products announced it would be giving out more samples of its bed bug spray – Bed Bug Bully. It cited that it's both effective and safe, hence, it is the best help against bed bugs that anyone could get. Hollywood, FL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 Bed bugs are small but are a big trouble. And with their prevalence these days, the public needs a help to kill them fast and safe. My Cleaning Products asserted that Bed Bug Bully -its pesticide-exempt bed bug spray- is that best...

2014-04-15 23:10:21

Insect Shield blankets offer invisible, odorless protection from a variety of insects that can carry Lyme disease, West Nile virus, malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Greensboro, NC & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 Spring is here which means the bugs are on their way... It is time to get ready for the annual battle against Spring/Summer insects. According to the CDC, Lyme disease has become an epidemic - and not just in the Northeast. More than 300,000 cases of Lyme are...


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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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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