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Research Into Desert Locusts Discovers How Your Environment Shapes Your Thinking
2013-11-21 13:12:19

University of Leicester A team of scientists has shown how the environment shapes learning and memory by training locusts like Pavlov's dog to associate different smells with reward or punishment. Desert locusts are notorious for their devastating swarms. However, they do not always live in swarms — they switch between a lone living 'solitary phase' and a swarming 'gregarious' phase. The two phases differ profoundly in looks, behavior and in their life style. The new research from...

Thousands Of Years Of Captive Breeding Has Impaired Olfactory Functions In Silkmoths
2013-11-21 10:22:04

Max Planck Institute Domesticated silkmoths Bombyx mori have a much more limited perception of environmental odors compared to their wild relatives. The extremely sensitive olfactory detection of pheromones in males eager to mate, however, remains unaltered. A new study on silkmoths published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that the insects’ ability to perceive environmental odors has been reduced after about 5000 years of domestication by humans. Scientists from the...

Three New Wafer Trapdoor Spiders Discovered In Brazil
2013-11-20 11:17:07

Pensoft Publishers Scientists discover three new gorgeous species of the wafer trapdoor genus Fufius – F. minusculus, F. jalapensis, and F. candango. The discovery of the three new species, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, paves the road to understanding the morphological variability of the species in this little known mygalomorph genus. The family Cyrtaucheniidae is a widespread family of spiders, known also as wafer trapdoor spiders. Many, but not all, make wafer-like...

Scientists Kill World’s Oldest Creature While Verifying Its Age
2013-11-15 10:16:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The good news is that scientists confirmed that a clam known as “Ming” was not only the world’s oldest creature, but was actually 102 years older than they previously believed. The bad news is that they killed it during the initial age verification back in 2006. According to Jon David Kahn of Breitbart.com, Ming was discovered in the seabeds of Iceland by climate change researchers from Bangor University in 2006. In order to...

2013-11-11 23:25:43

Bed bugs reportedly found in a Brashear High student's backpack. My Cleaning Products warned public of their intrusion to houses and recommended a bed bug spray to help. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 11, 2013 Bed bugs found their way to Brashear High School. According to a report from cbslocal.com published on November 07, 2013, they were spotted at the school last week. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a bed bug spray to the public to help them kill the pests...

2013-11-11 21:31:03

Engineering has always taken cues from biology. Natural organisms and systems have done well at evolving to perform tasks and achieve objectives within the limits set by nature and physics. That is one of the reasons Anette Hosoi, professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies snails. Snails can move in any direction—horizontally, vertically, and upside down—on various surfaces, be it sand, shells, tree barks or slick walls and smooth glass....

2013-11-07 16:31:37

Bio-based product for controlling zebra and quagga mussels provides environmentally responsible alternative to chlorine and other toxic chemicals DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) (NASDAQ: MBII), a leading global provider of bio-based pest management products for agriculture and water, announced today that the state of California has issued a Certificate of Pesticide Registration for Zequanox(®) to control invasive zebra and quagga...

Rare Insect Mating Fossil
2013-11-07 13:25:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal PLOS One say they have found the oldest fossil of insects caught in the act of mating. Scientists have very limited knowledge of mating position and genitalia orientation in ancient insects because fossil records are scarce. However, the latest discovery helps broaden the picture of how ancient bugs did it, adding more data to help scientists study the early stages of evolution. “Mating behaviors...

Remarkable 277 New Wasp Species Discovered In Costa Rica
2013-11-06 11:56:18

Pensoft Publishers Costa Rica reveals astonishing biodiversity of braconid wasps, with 277 new species of the tribe Heterospilini described in the latest special issue of the open access journal ZooKeys. This is the second part of an extensive two-part study of the braconid subfamily Doryctinae from Costa Rica, the first part published In this part, the authors Paul M. Marsh, and Alexander L. Wild and James B. Whitfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, describe a total of...

2013-11-04 12:26:28

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation (www.danielpearl.org) today announced that the 12th Annual World Music Days was celebrated at 867 events in 29 countries. The annual event, which takes place every October 1-31, encourages musicians of all genres to take a moment during their performances to acknowledge and celebrate with audiences the ideals that journalist and musician Daniel Pearl stood for: Uniting people through words and music and promoting...


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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