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'Touched' Female Cockroaches Reproduce Faster
2014-04-02 15:53:02

North Carolina State University To speed up reproduction, there's no substitute for the tender touch of a live cockroach. That's the major takeaway from a North Carolina State University study examining whether artificial antennae – in this case, duck feathers – can mimic a cockroach antenna's capacity to hasten reproduction in cockroach females. Female cockroaches that get "touched" – by other female cockroaches and, under certain conditions, even by duck feathers that mimic...

2014-04-01 23:32:42

Bed bugs reportedly infested two apartment buildings in Jefferson City. In order to help the public kill the critters quick and prevent their worst effects, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray. Jefferson CIty, MO (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 In Jefferson City, bed bugs infested two apartment buildings. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to help the public kill those critters quick and prevent the...

Zebra Stripes Are Meant To Ward Off Biting Flies
2014-04-01 13:22:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Zebras are known for their signature black-and-white stripes and a new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found more evidence that biting flies are actually the reason behind the evolution of this unique coloration. The origin of the stripes was actually debated by Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin 120 years ago. Theories surrounding their value include a form of camouflage, a distracting effect on...

2014-03-31 23:35:18

Tenants alleged there are bed bugs in their Milwaukee apartment complex, a report said. In order to help the public kill bed bugs quick, My Cleaning Products shared a number of tips. Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) March 31, 2014 Residents of one apartment building in Milwaukee claimed that bed bugs were plaguing their building. A report from cbs58.com posted on March 26, 2014, shared the details of the incident. Meanwhile, wanting to help the public avoid the worst effects of the critters, My...

2014-03-28 23:27:52

A woman alleged that a shelter got her evicted after complaining about bed bugs, said a report. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products suggested a bed bug spray to help the public kill bed bugs fast and safe. Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 28, 2014 For speaking out about a bed bug problem, a woman in Houston was allegedly kicked out of the shelter she was staying in. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt spray to help the public kill bed bugs fast and...

2014-03-26 23:33:44

Bed bugs spotted in state government building in Chicago, shared a report. My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to help the residents protect themselves from the further spread of the critters. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 A state building in Chicago was found to have bed bugs earlier this month. News website cbslocal.com related the details of it on its post dated March 20, 2014. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a bed bug spray in...

2014-03-26 08:28:45

Residential mosquito spraying service utilizes 99.97 percent natural ingredients for mosquito and tick control solution MIDLAND PARK, N.J., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mosquito Shield of Northeast New Jersey will begin operations out of Midland Park in the spring of 2014, bringing the company's innovative mosquito and tick control solution to area residents. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140326/MN90299 Mosquito Shield offers a proprietary blend of 99.97...

Energy-Efficient Robot Inspired By Atlantic Razor Clam Dynamics
2014-03-25 13:36:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have built a robotic clam that is able to replicate how an Atlantic razor clam can burrow itself into the sea soil using very little energy. The Atlantic razor clam is able to dig itself through sea soil at about 0.4 inches per second and can dig up to one-fourth of a mile using the amount of energy equivalent to a AA battery. "The clam's trick is to move its shells in such a way as to liquefy the soil around its body,...

Diet Of Elusive Red Widow Spider Revealed
2014-03-21 16:46:03

University of Missouri-Columbia Beetles: it's what's for breakfast—at least for the red widow spider of Florida's "scrub" habitat, according to a study by University of Missouri biologist James Carrel. The study provides a first glimpse at the diet of this mysterious spider, revealing that it primarily preys upon species of scarab beetles common to the scrub habitat. Carrel's findings shed light on red widow spiders' restriction to the Florida scrub habitat and the need for habitat...

Ancient Clam Gardens Provide Food Security
2014-03-21 11:45:42

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Clam Garden ] Simon Fraser University A three-year study of ancient clam gardens in the Pacific Northwest has led researchers, including three from Simon Fraser University, to make a discovery that could benefit coastal communities’ food production. PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed science journal, has just published their study. Amy Groesbeck, an SFU alumna, SFU professors Anne Salomon, an ecologist, and Dana Lepofsky, an archaeologist, and Kirsten...


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

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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2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

Crab Spiders, Thomisidae
2014-06-19 08:13:57

Thomisidae is a family that holds around two thousand species of crab spiders that can be found throughout the world. Although the name crab spider has been used to refer to a large number of species, it is most often used to refer to members of this family, especially the flower crab spider. Many members of this family have flat bodies that resemble those of crabs and others hold their two front legs in positions that crabs are known for or move in sideways motions as crabs do. Although...

Jumping Spiders, Salticidae
2014-06-19 08:06:16

Salticidae is a family that holds over five thousand species of jumping spiders that can be found throughout the world, including areas with heavy snowfall. Most species prefer to reside in tropical forests, but these spiders can also be found in temperate forests, deserts, and mountainous regions, among other habitats. Although the taxonomic structure of this family is well established, the closest relatives of the family have not yet been identified. Jumping spiders can range in size...

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