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2014-08-04 12:23:08

TV, Print and Radio PSAs Encourage People to Get Outside and Save Our Nation's Trees WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A devastating invasive pest with no known natural predators threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. Once a tree is infested, it must be removed, which is why the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated August as Tree Check Month to encourage the public to look for signs of a devastating invasive pest, the Asian...

butterfly family tree
2014-08-02 05:09:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first study of its kind to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing, a team of researchers from the University of Florida have traced nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths. The findings, to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, create an extensive “Tree of Lepidoptera” and build the evolutionary framework for future ecological and genetics...

2014-08-01 23:01:09

Animal Emergency & Referral Center offer tips on preventing ticks. Oakdale, MN (PRWEB) August 01, 2014 Summer is here, and with it comes the season of ticks. Ticks are most active during the summer, and they can be a pain for dogs. Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota is ready to help all their customers get rid of ticks and prevent them completely. Female ticks lay between 3,000 and 6,000 eggs in the summer, which is why they are so active during this season. Ticks...

Graneledone boreopacifica
2014-07-31 07:53:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers has discovered the most dedicated mother in the entire animal kingdom: a deep-sea octopus that protected and tended to her eggs for a period for 4 1/2 years until her offspring finally hatched. In research published Wednesday in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, the study authors explain that an octopus typically has one single reproductive period during its lifetime, and while females tend to keep watch over...

2014-07-30 08:24:35

USDA Reports 130,000 Trees Lost to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It is potentially a nightmare environmental and economic scenario. A devastating invasive pest with no known natural predators threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. The recreation, timber, nursery, and maple syrup industries alone could suffer severe losses. Once a tree is infested, it must be removed....

2014-07-23 23:32:19

With the recent increase in Phoenix bed bug incidents, Tempe's Green Home Pest Control is doing their part to help families in need. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 10 years ago residents of the Phoenix metro area hadn't even heard the term "bed bugs" outside of child hood rhymes. According to AZCentral and NBC they are a common problem and there are more incidents with each passing year. Bed bugs are much more than just an annoyance. They are very difficult to get rid...

orb weaver spider genetics
2014-07-21 03:30:56

Harvard University Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: As insects became more and more diverse, with some species taking to the skies, spiders evolved new hunting strategies, including the ability to weave orb-shaped webs to trap their prey. From that single origin, the story goes, orb-weaver spiders diverged along different evolutionary paths, leading to today, where...

Lyrarapax unguispinus
2014-07-17 09:18:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately 520 million years ago, during the Lower Cambrian, the world's oldest known predator lived beneath the ocean's surface. An international team of scientists has identified what they call "an exquisitely preserved" brain in the fossil of a group of animals known as anomalocaridids, or "abnormal shrimp." The researchers were surprised to find that the brain of this predator was less complex than those found in fossils of some...

2014-07-16 23:03:18

A hospital in Springfield, Missouri recently cleared a bed bug infestation from one of its waiting rooms. Bird-X explains how this may have happened and how people can protect themselves. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 A hospital in Springfield, MO discovered bed bugs on one of its waiting room couches a few weeks ago in June 2014, according to KY3 News. People were waiting in the infested room when the bugs were discovered much to everyone’s horror. However, it’s very easy to...

2014-07-15 23:07:29

EarthTec QZ announced today that it is officially registered for use in the state of California along with 24 other states to control zebra and quagga mussels in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. Bentonville, AR (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 EarthTec QZ gains California EPA approval to provide industry’s most economical answer to zebra and quagga mussel proliferation. EarthTec QZ announced today that it is officially registered for use in the state of California along with...


Latest Protostome 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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