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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...

Metabolic Rates Helped Ancient Bivalves Outcompete Brachiopods
2014-03-26 14:38:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at Stanford University are challenging a popular theory about how bivalves outgrew brachiopods. The results of their study have been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. About 250 million years ago, brachiopod groups largely disappeared along with 90 percent of the planet’s species. However, during this time bivalves flourished, branching out into a variety of shapes and sizes and spreading into...

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...

2014-03-21 08:21:58

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- March 25 marks the start of the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association's (PaPMA) annual Termite Awareness Week to promote education and public vigilance against termites. Often called "silent destroyers," termites can live in your home undetected without causing any immediate signs of damage. Termites feed on cellulose, a plant-based material found in wood and many other materials used in home-building. Subterranean termites form colonies...


Latest Protostome Reference Libraries

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
2014-04-08 10:12:47

The Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a species of large North American spider which display strong sexual dimorphism. The males may be mistaken for the Brown Recluse due to the similar coloration and body structure. However, compared to the Brown Recluse, male Southern House Spiders are usually larger in size, lack the distinctive violin shape on their cephalothorax, and have abnormally long and slender pedipalps. The females are a dark brown or black color and more compact....

Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi
2014-04-07 16:16:36

The Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi) is a species of spider belonging to the Actinopodidae family. The spider is native to the east coast of Australia. The common name of the mouse spider comes from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. The females are black overall and are larger in size than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white colored patch on the front of their abdomen. Mouse spiders vary from 10 to 35 millimeters long and...

Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spider, Crossopriza lyoni
2014-04-07 12:30:20

Crossopriza lyoni is a widespread species of cellar spiders that prefer to live in or around human structures. They are commonly known as Tailed Cellar Spiders, Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spiders, and occasionally Box Spiders. They all possess exceptionally long and fragile legs that can reach up to 2.4 inches long and a body length of that ranges from .098 to .28 inches. Their abdomens are distinctly square shaped when they are viewed from the side and their carapace is more or less circular...

Kauai Cave Wolf Spider
2014-04-01 13:14:31

Scientific name: Adelocosa anops Common Names: Kauai Cave Wolf Spider, Big-Eyed Wolf Spider Status: Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List in 1996 Geography: United States, Hawaii Conservation Information: This particular species is only known to occur in a few caves in a lava flow within an area consisting of 4.1 square miles in the Koloa-Poipu region of Kauai, Hawaii. Only six populations are known to exist as of April 1, 2014. Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Arachnida...

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