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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...

Velvet Spiders Emerge From Underground
2012-05-23 11:39:42

Velvet spiders include some of the most beautiful arachnids in Europe and some of the world's most cooperative species. Social species can be very abundant in parts of tropical Africa and Asia with conspicuous colonies dotting the landscape. Social colonies may consist of hundreds of closely-related individuals that participate in dramatic mass attacks on prey and care for their young. The ecology of these social species is fascinating and has been the subject of several landmark scientific...

The Auburn Tiger Trapdoor Spider
2012-05-09 03:03:20

A new species discovered from a college town backyard [ Watch the Video ] Researchers at Auburn University have reported the discovery a new trapdoor spider species from a well-developed housing subdivision in the heart of the city of Auburn, Alabama. Myrmekiaphila tigris, affectionately referred to as the Auburn Tiger Trapdoor spider, is named in honor of Auburn University's costumed Tiger mascot, Aubie. The research team, directed by Biological Sciences professor Jason Bond, lead...

2012-04-26 23:01:25

The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of natural science. The latest review covers False Widow Spider which is named after the behavior of the female of eating the male after mating and Glabella which is the space between the eyebrows and above the nose in humans. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) April 26, 2012 The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine publishes insights into subjects in all areas of natural sciences including...

Discerning Males Remain Faithful
2012-04-25 04:50:54

Discerning males remain faithful...if you are a spider. Sex for male orb web spiders (Argiope bruennichi) is a two shot affair since the act of mating destroys their genitalia. If they survive being eaten during their first encounter with a female, they have two choices — to mate again with the same female (monogynous) or try to find a new partner (bigynous). New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology shows that choice of mating behavior for A....

2012-04-06 02:20:24

ePals Brings Award-Winning Magazines to First Book WASHINGTON, April 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Book, the nonprofit that provides books to kids in need, will now be offering Cricket and other award-winning kid's magazines from ePals to the 27,000 schools and programs in its national network. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101214/DC17316LOGO-b) "These are amazing titles: high-quality, award-winning and loved by both children and teachers," said Kyle Zimmer,...

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2012-03-14 15:20:33

According to new research published in the journal Naturwissenschaften, spiders do not stick to their own webs because of the way they move. The spiders ability to not stick to its own web was originally attributed to a special coating on their legs. However, researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and University of Costa Rica used modern imaging technology to record close-up footage that better explains the ability. The team combined a video camera and a...

2012-03-06 08:00:00

The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of natural science. The latest review cover Carbon Footprint which is the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person, False Widow Spider which are named after the behavior of the female of eating the male after mating, and Silene Stenophylla which is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae and grows in the...

The Amazing Properties Of Spider Silk
2012-03-06 05:49:20

New research has revealed that spider silk carries amazing physical properties, according to a new paper published in the journal Advanced Materials. Xinwei Wang, who wanted to take a closer look at spider webs, ordered eight Nephila clavipes, commonly known as golden silk orbweavers. He put them to work eating crickets and spinning webs so their materials and habits could be studied. Wang, who is an associate profess of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University studies thermal...

Flying Jewels Spell Death For Baby Spiders
2012-03-03 05:32:38

New species of parasitic spider flies discovered in Australia Spider flies are a rarely collected group of insects. Adults are considered important pollinators of flowers, while larvae live as internal parasitoids of juvenile spiders. Eight genera are recorded in Australasia, including four genera in the subfamily Panopinae, a group of large, hairy, often metallic colored adults whose larvae specialize as parasitizing mygalomorph spiders such as tarantulas, trap door and funnel web...


Latest Spider Reference Libraries

Scytodes thoracica
2014-04-08 10:19:31

Scytodes thoracica is a spitting spider because it spit’s a poisonous and sticky silken substance over its prey. Its size ranges between .12 to .24 inches. The carapace is abnormal in sloping upwards towards its rear end, whereas the abdomen slopes downwards. It has six eyes rather than the typical eight. It is found in the Holarctic, Australia, and on some oceanic islands within the Pacific. This particular spitting spider features the presence of silk glands within its...

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...

Stegodyphus lineatus
2014-04-07 14:12:35

Stegodyphus lineatus is the only European species belonging to the spider genus Stegodyphus. The males of this species are up to 12 millimeters long, while the females are up to 15 millimeters long. The coloration can range from whitish to almost black. In the majority of individuals, the opisthosoma is whitish with two broad black longitudinal stripes. The males and females look similar, but the male is usually richer in contrast and has a bulbous forehead. The species name is in...

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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