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Lover Or Fighter? Spider's Job Type Depends On Personality
2014-06-18 08:51:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We all know that our personality type can affect how well we perform our job, but does the same principle apply to other species? According to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it does apply to spiders – as a team of researchers has found aggressive spiders are better at killing prey and defending the colony, while docile spiders excel at caring for the baby spiders. The study focused on Anelosimus...

Spider Glue Used For Two Types Of Webs
2012-10-03 10:56:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The common house spider is creepy, no doubt. It is also inspiring, at least according to scientists from the University of Akron. Researchers there have been inspired to find new and better ways to develop adhesives for human applications as diverse as wound healing and industrial strength tape. Consider being able to use the same adhesive to help heal a fractured collar bone and create "ouch-free" bandages. Polymer scientists and...

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2009-01-05 17:20:00

A Seattle family said a black widow spider they found in a bag of red grapes has found a new home at the city's Woodland Park Zoo. Iris Hagemann, 34, said she was washing grapes for her 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter when she spotted the spider, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Monday. Hagemann said her son, Timothy, was the first to recognize the spider as a black widow but it was not until her husband, Stuart Rabin, 44, examined the arachnid that they believed the young boy....

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2008-10-14 13:10:00

Scientists say that certain exotic species of spiders are making their homes in the UK. Due to the UK's increasingly mild climate, arachnids arriving in imports of food and plants are now able to survive and spread. A species of false widow spider have been confirmed and some believe the deadly black widow could be the next to invade. The conservation group Buglife wants import rules to be strengthened to stem the tide of alien species invasion. "Other countries in the world take great care...


Latest Theridiidae Reference Libraries

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...

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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 17:05:26

The Triangulate Cobweb Spider (Steatoda triangulosa), also known as the Triangulate Bud Spider, is a species of common house spider that is found throughout the world. It is found along the coasts in North America, in southern Russia, in New Zealand, and in Europe. It is largely believed to be native to Eurasia. This spider is well known for the triangle-shaped pattern on the upper side of its abdomen. The adult female is 0.13 to 0.25 inches long. It has a brown-orange cephalothorax...

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2009-10-27 12:32:20

The Black Cobweb Spider (Steatoda capensis), also known as the Brown House Spider and Cupboard Spider, is a species of arachnid commonly found throughout southern Africa. It has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand it is commonly known as the false katipo. This small spider is mostly shiny black and may have a small bright red, orange, or yellow patch near the tip of the abdomen. There may also be a crescent shaped band near the front of the abdomen. The bite of...

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2009-06-17 13:20:05

The Red and Silver Dewdrop Spider (Argyrodes flavescens) is a species of arachnid that belongs to the Theridiidae family. It is widespread through Southeast Asia. It can also be found in Sri Lanka. This is a kleptoparasite (lives on the web of other large spiders and feeds on their prey). This is a very small spider growing to less than 0.15 inches long (not including the legs). The legs are black and the shiny abdomen is reddish-brown with white spots. Photo Copyright and Credit

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