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Cave Spider Has Most Stretchable Silk
2012-02-10 04:37:31

The egg sac silk of the cocoon stalk of the cave spider Meta menardi is the most stretchable egg sac silk yet tested, according to a study published Feb. 8 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Spider silk is of broad interest for its strength, extensibility and toughness and possible applications for material science and biomechanical engineering, and there are many different types of silk from many different spider species. In the current study, the authors, led by Nicola Pugno of...

'Bootylicious' Beyonce Has New Species Of Fly Named After Her
2012-01-13 09:04:56

An Australian fly species, found in far northern Queensland, has been given a rather unique name: Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae -- honoring American pop star Beyonce. Bryan Lessard, of CSIRO, Australia's top science agency, named the rare horsefly after Beyonce because of its impressive golden lower abdomen. The spectacular display of the fly's golden booty makes it the "all-time diva of flies." "It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in...


Latest Tetragnathidae Reference Libraries

Metellina mengei
2013-10-09 13:21:22

Metellina mengei is a spider belonging to the Tetragnathidae family located in Europe up to Georgia. It was once though to be a form of M. segmentata that occurs in the spring. M. mengei is much rarer than M. segmentata. This species is much like Metellina segmentata, from which it can only be distinguished by comparing the genital features. Another pointer id that males of M. segmentata have hairs on the underside of the first leg and M. mengei have none. On the underside of the female M....

Tetragnatha extensa
2013-10-09 13:17:36

Tetragnatha extensa is a species of spider found across the Northern Hemisphere. It has an elongate body, up to .43 inches long, and assumes a straight line posture when it is alarmed. It lives on low vegetation in damp areas and consumes flying insects which it catches in its web. This spider has a stretched out, cream colored body. The males are smaller than the females at around .35 inches body length, compared to .43 inches in the females. The four pairs of legs are long and a dark...

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2009-05-02 18:59:11

The Autumn Spider (Metellina segmentata) is a species of spider that has a Palearctic distribution and has been introduced to Canada. Adults are normally found from August to October. The preferred habitat is open wood edges or gardens. This is one of the most common orb-weaving spiders. The web of this spider has no threads at its center. Most webs are built low above the ground. The spider sits at the center during the day for long periods of time. Sometimes it will hide at the edge and...

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2009-05-02 18:54:00

The European Cave Spider (Meta menardi) is a species of orbweaver spider that has a natural range that extends from Scandinavia to North America and from Europe to Korea. It was introduced into other areas such as Japan and Madagascar. This is one of the largest species of spider found in the United Kingdom (only the Raft Spider is bigger). Other common names for this species is the Orbweaving Cave Spider, Cave Orbweaver and simply Cave Spider. The adult has a body length of 0.6 inches...

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