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Predator And Prey: Tiny Wasp Hunts Venomous Redback Spider
2012-09-12 05:48:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Even Australia's most common dangerous spider is no match for a nearly forgotten 200 year old flying insect, according to recent findings. The wasp, Agenioideus nigricornis, was first discovered in 1775 by Danish etymologist Johan Christian Fabricius. Recently, researchers from the University of Adelaide said the small wasp is a predator of the redback spider. "Since then, scientists have largely forgotten about the wasp," said...

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2012-09-05 20:07:28

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study suggests that expressing your feelings and fears in times of anxiety and stress may actually help you through these times and confront your fears. In fact, according to this UCLA psychology study, the more negative and fearful words you use, the better chance you have of reducing your fear and stress. In order to test this theory, the UCLA psychologists asked 88 participants to face a very common human fear: A...

Watch Out For The Bigfoot Spider!
2012-08-20 10:41:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Just when you thought it was safe to go stomping ℠round in the caves of Oregon, a new family of spider has been discovered, complete with frighteningly large legs and a terrifying name to boot. Meet: Trogloraptor, the arachnid which has already been called the “Spider Version of Bigfoot.” The Pacific Northwest is often a place of beauty and exotic species, such as the coastal redwoods or the fabled Sasquatch,...

2012-08-17 23:00:55

MyCleaningProducts is reinventing spider repellant as an organic solution. The company recently introduced its spider spray called Spider Bully that promises an effective and safe way to get rid of the arachnids. New York, NY (PRWEB) August 17, 2012 Spider spray is probably one of the most underestimated pest-control solutions. Many think that it is not really needed, so why purchase it? The fact is, spiders can also launch an infestation at homes. And without proper and immediate action,...

Spider Silk May One Day Be Produced From Bacteria
2012-07-19 10:11:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a development that could have wide reaching ramification for material production, researchers may have finally unlocked a consistent process for producing spider silk from bacteria. A new video article in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, demonstrates a key step in the procedures to harvest and process synthetic spider silk from bacteria called “post-spin.” In this step, silk molecules are mechanically...

Brown Widow Spiders Becoming More Prevalent In California
2012-07-03 05:27:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online First discovered in Florida in 1935, Brown widow spiders are still considerably new to North America. However, after being discovered in southern California in 2003, they have been so successful that they may be displacing native black widow spiders. Researchers believe that the overall hazard to homeowners may decrease because brown widow spider bites are less toxic than those of native western black widow spiders. In the...

Vampire Jumping Spiders Are Picky Eaters
2012-06-07 09:43:12

Do we now need to worry about vampire spiders? Well, only if you live in New Zealand and are a female mosquito. Picky eaters by any standards, E. culicivora jumping spiders, also known as vampire spiders, feed almost exclusively on female mosquitoes, which are filled with blood from their victims. Ximena Nelson from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, says, “You can see from the diet when you find them in the field that there is a high number of mosquitoes in what they...


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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...

Wolf Spider, Lycosidae
2014-06-23 08:30:31

Lycosidae is a family that holds about 2,300 species of wolf spiders that can be found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, gardens, and moist coastal areas. Many species do require specific microhabitats, like montane herb-fields, but most species are nomads and do not reside in one area for long periods of time. Some species within this family build burrows that can have trap doors or open entrances, while others in arid regions build nests with plugged entrance ways, to protect...

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...

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