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2014-08-19 12:30:21

Collect Samples of Suspected Asian Longhorned Beetles to Aid Experts in Fight HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary George Greig today encouraged Pennsylvanians to protect the commonwealth tree population by spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts. "Many Pennsylvanians are aware of the threat that invasive species pose to our state's timber, maple syrup and tourism industries, but awareness isn't...

Hallucigenia sparsa
2014-08-19 03:00:38

University of Cambridge One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time. The animal, known as Hallucigenia due to its otherworldly appearance, had been considered an ‘evolutionary misfit’ as it was not clear how it related to modern animal groups. Researchers...

2014-08-14 08:34:53

Dazzle latest to join Pearls.com, offering exclusive Swarovski-Crystal-and-Pearls designs MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearls.com adds Dazzle Pearls as latest brand to join Galatea, Tara, Imperial Pearl and others calling the uber-pearls website home. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140813/135965Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140813/135964 "We're thrilled to add Dazzle as an exclusive Pearls.com offering combining designer finesse,...

sheep and nematodes
2014-08-11 03:00:14

Molly Sharlach, Princeton University In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. Reported in the journal PLoS Biology, the finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection. The researchers used 25 years of data...

2014-08-06 12:23:01

-- Bell Environmental Services Reminds Consumers Summer Temperatures and Travel Raise the Risk of Bed Bug Infestations -- FAIRFIELD, N.J., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Environmental Services, a leader in pesticide-free bed bug detection and control, reminds consumers that the summer months are the peak season for bed bug infestations. To help people keep these insects out of their homes, Bell Environmental has initiated an awareness campaign that includes prevention tips and a contest to...

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....


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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