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2014-05-22 13:06:47

University of Montreal New study on parasitoid reveals that heat favours production of male progeny Whether an insect will have a male or female offspring depends on the weather, according to a study led by Joffrey Moiroux and Jacques Brodeur of the University of Montreal's Department of Biological Sciences. The research involved experimenting with a species of oophagous parasitoid (Trichogramma euproctidis), an insect that lays its eggs inside a host insect that will be consumed by the...

2014-05-22 12:23:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today. "Heavy defoliation in some areas last spring left our forest pest management experts bracing for increased statewide spraying...

2014-05-22 08:32:18

Asian Longhorned Beetle Discovered in Babylon Township in 2013 WEST BABYLON, N.Y., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: Kindergarten through second-grade students at South Bay Elementary School will be treated to an interactive presentation on the fight against the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in their community. Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be joined by nationally recognized storyteller Jonathan Kruk...

eastern subterranean termites
2014-05-21 10:23:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A large international team of researchers has announced the successful sequencing of the Nevada dampwood termite genome, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The study team said that not only is the genome crucial for understanding the social insect, it also provides information that could be used for more effective pest control. "The termite genome reveals many unique genetic targets that can be disrupted for better...

female bush tiger mantis
2014-05-21 05:44:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda is one of Africa's oldest forests, and at approximately 620 square miles, one of the largest protected mountain rainforests as well. The three types of forest — montane, bamboo and lowland — guard more than 280 species of birds and 13 species of primates, along with a host of other animals and insects. A new study from Case Western University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has...

2014-05-20 08:33:00

First Chewable Tablet for Dogs Effective for 12 Weeks* Against Fleas and Ticks SUMMIT, N.J., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of BRAVECTO(TM) (fluralaner) chewable tablets for dogs (112.5 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg, 1400 mg). BRAVECTO is the first and only treatment that has been shown to quickly and effectively kill fleas and multiple tick...

2014-05-20 00:20:32

PHOENIX, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Ways Bed Bugs Are Bad for Your HealthWhen most people hear the words "bed bugs," they start to squirm a little and think, do I feel something crawling on me? And then the imaginary itching starts. We won't lie to you: There's nothing pretty about bed bugs. But with the increased news coverage they've received of late in Phoenix, we thought we might shed a little light on why you should be worried, above and beyond the creepiness...

2014-05-19 23:01:21

Local team’s mosquito control service adds tick product to help protect residents from both mosquito and tick-borne diseases. Woolwich Township, NJ (PRWEB) May 19, 2014 Mosquito Shield of Southern New Jersey has expanded its offerings to include an innovative Tick Shield product and has already begun its residential spraying service in the region. The Southern New Jersey franchise is in its second year of operation, servicing customers in Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties....

Special Chemical In Skin Keeps Octopus Arms From Entangling
2014-05-16 12:11:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With eight long arms covered on one side with prey-grabbing suckers – octopi appear to be very susceptible to getting themselves tangled up in knots. However, a chemical generated by an octopus' skin prevents this problem from happening by temporarily preventing its suckers from sticking, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology. "We were surprised that nobody before us had noticed this very robust and...

New Insect Species Named After Shakira And Jimmy Fallon
2014-05-10 03:45:24

Pensoft Publishers Some Ecuadorian tribes were famous for making mummified shrunken heads from the remains of their conquered foes. Field work in the cloud forests of Ecuador by Professor Scott Shaw, University of Wyoming, Laramie, and colleagues, has resulted in the discovery of 24 new species of Aleiodes wasps that mummify caterpillars. The research by Eduardo Shimbori, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, and Scott Shaw, was recently published in the open access journal ZooKeys....


Latest Protostome 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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Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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