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2007-05-09 20:12:52

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana bug experts say the poisonous brown widow spider, a cousin to the well-known black widow, is increasingly being spotted in Louisiana. The spiders are generally found in tropical areas but were reported along the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year. Entomologists with the Louisiana State University AgCenter say the spiders likely migrated from Florida through commercial imports of plants, food, building materials, or furniture. LSU entomologist Dennis Ring is advising...

2007-03-24 21:00:23

FEW would consider themselves lucky to be bitten by a spider. But David Durrant certainly does. Doctors examining his painful bite wound discovered that he was suffering from a rare form of cancer. Now, after months of treatment, he has been given a clean bill of health. Mr Durrant told friends: 'My consultant said he knew I had been cursing the spider. 'But he said I should be thanking it because I had had cancer quite some time. Without the bite, the cancer might not have been...

2006-12-11 21:00:00

HERMISTON, Ore. - A small spider bite turned out to be a big problem for Cindy Pettey. Pettey awoke when she was bitten on the stomach in the middle of the night a few weeks ago, but thought little else of it. Then she started running a fever, she felt achy and weak. The bite sore became larger. Next thing Pettey knew, a doctor was telling her he believed she'd been bitten by a dangerous hobo spider. Pettey had surgery that removed 10 pounds of skin and flesh, leaving her with an abdomen...


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Cellar Spider, Pholcus phalangioides
2014-04-07 13:05:31

The Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides), known also as the Skull Spider because of its cephalothorax resembling a human skull, is a spider belonging to the family Pholcidae. The females have a body length of about 9 millimeters; the males are slightly smaller. The legs are about 5 to 6 times the length of the body. Its habit of living on the ceilings of room, garages, caves, or cellars gives rise to one of its common names. They are thought to be beneficial in some parts of the world...

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2009-07-03 19:06:41

The Redbacked Jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni) is one of the largest and most common jumping spiders in the western parts of North America. It is not to be mistaken for the highly venomous and unrelated Redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti). The Redbacked Jumping spider may inflict a painful bite in self defense if threatened, although there are not any serious medical consequences. Adult Redbacked Jumping spiders are usually about 0.4 inches in length. Although the female has an...

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2009-07-01 11:16:49

The yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium punctorium) is a spider that is found from Central Asia to central Europe. The yellow sac spider can reach about 0.6 inches in length. This spider can penetrate the human skin. The bite of this spider may feel similar to a wasp sting though it may be a bit more severe, however susceptible persons may have stronger reactions such as nausea. Female yellow sac spiders build about a 4 centimeter egg-sac in tall grass. It is aggressively defended and opens...

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2009-06-26 18:10:24

The Biting Spider or False Black Widow (Steatoda nobilis) is a species of arachnid native to the Canary Islands. It was accidentally introduced to England around 1870 through imported bananas that were sent to Torquay. It is also found in continental Europe and Africa. Its range is extending northwards and is expected to someday be prominent in the United Kingdom. This spider resembles the black widow and is sometimes though to be one when spotted. It has a round, over-sized abdomen which...

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2009-06-26 18:03:22

The Hobo Spider (Tegenaria agrestis) is a species of arachnid that is native to western and central Europe. It is now also found in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. It has recently spread into southern Alaska, making it the first dangerous spider to humans in that state. It has been also recorded on a small island (Peberholm) in Denmark, and in southern Sweden. Its habitat is semi-arid and warm environments, although in Europe it is not normally encountered in houses,...

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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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