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2014-03-14 23:02:31

Tick-borne disease expert Dr. Thomas Mather conducts tests that determine frigid temps not likely to reduce Spring/Summer tick abundance. Greensboro, NC and Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014 Have you been wondering (or hoping) that these brutal polar vortex weather episodes sweeping the nation are freezing off ticks? Tick-borne disease expert, Dr. Thomas Mather, the Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and TickEncounter Resource Center was asked...

Specialization By Insect Species Is The Key
2014-03-14 14:54:57

University of Iowa Most of us already imagine the tropics as a place of diversity—a lush region of the globe teeming with a wide variety of exotic plants and animals. But for researchers Andrew Forbes and Marty Condon, there's even more diversity than meets the eye. In a paper published in the March 14 issue of the journal Science, Forbes and Condon report the discovery of extraordinary diversity and specialization in the tropics. The paper builds upon previous research conducted...

Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard
2014-03-12 09:31:54

Springer Ants are the unlikely guardians of jumping spiders in their battle against aggressive spitting spiders A timid jumping spider uses the scent of ants as a secret weapon to save itself from becoming the somewhat soggy prey of the predatory spitting spider. The downside to this plan is that jumping spiders are also a favorite snack of its very own saviors. To overcome this additional hazard, the spider has made yet another plan in the form of an ant-proof nest, writes Ximena...

2014-03-11 23:27:34

Infestation of bed bugs in a Michigan apartment complex reportedly led to the trashing of the residents' furniture. My Cleaning Products suggested the use of a pesticide-exempt spray to help the public kill bed bugs safe and avoid the same incident. Holland, MI (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 A subsidized-housing in Holland, Michigan was infested by the pesky bed bugs. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of pesticide-exempt Bed Bug Bully to help the public kill bed...

Synthetic Spider Silk Has Superhero Strength
2014-03-06 12:43:18

American Chemical Society Spider silk of fantastical, superhero strength is finally speeding toward commercial reality — at least a synthetic version of it is. The material, which is five times stronger than steel, could be used in products from bulletproof vests to medical implants, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. Alex Scott, a senior editor at C&EN, notes that spider...

2014-03-04 23:29:40

Issue of bed bugs in Yonkers school reportedly left the parents dismayed. In order to help the public kill bed bugs quick, My Cleaning Products shared a simple trick. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014 Bed bugs were found in one Yonkers school last week. But according to a report from cbslocal.com, the way the incident was handled left the parents dismayed. Meanwhile, in order to help anyone kill bed bugs fast, My Cleaning Products shared a simple trick. The report, which was posted on...

2014-03-04 08:32:22

Bed Bug Attorney Files Suit Over Bed Bug Infestation Against Student Housing Complex For USF Students TAMPA, Fla., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationwide bed bug lawyer Craig Dell filed suit against Campus Advantage, Inc. and CCAL 4050 Rocky Circle Road LLC. The lawsuit alleges that employees and management took ineffective actions in detecting and treating a bedbug infestation at one of their properties known as 4050 Lofts- a 196-unit, 722-bed off-campus apartment community for...

Osperalycus tenerphagus face
2014-03-02 05:24:52

[ Watch the Video: Digging Up A New Mite Species ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It may resemble a worm, but it's actually a previously undiscovered microscopic species of mite discovered on The Ohio State University campus. Discovered by Samuel Bolton, a graduate student at Ohio State, the mite was officially named Osperalycus tenerphagus (or as it is affectionately known - the "Buckeye Dragon Mite"). Osperalycus tenerphagus is Latin for “mouth purse” and...

2014-02-28 08:25:20

SHAWNEE, Kan., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans cast their votes in a leading consumer-voted awards program in North America and Bayer HealthCare's Seresto(®) was selected as this year's best new flea and tick control product for dogs. Seresto(®), winner of a 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award,(1 )provides dog or cat owners with the performance they expect from a monthly flea and tick topical in an easy-to-use convenient collar that protects for eight months...

Apanteles albanjimenezi
2014-02-25 07:59:21

Pensoft Publishers An inventory of wild-caught caterpillars, its food plants and parasitoids, has been going on for more than 34 years in Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), a protected area of approximately 1200 km2 in northwestern Costa Rica. As a result, more than 10,000 species of moths and butterflies are estimated to live in ACG. Their caterpillars are in turn attacked by many parasitoid wasps, also numbering thousands of species. However, most of those wasps have never been...


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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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