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February 6, 2016

Nov. 27, 2015 — Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers are hot on the trail of ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Scientists extracted DNA from spider webs to identify the web's spider architect and the prey that crossed it, according to this proof-of-concept ... read more

Tick That Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease

Nov. 23, 2015 — A tick that is not known to bite people may play a role in the transmission of Lyme disease, according to a new article. This study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates that in order to ... read more

Spider Webs Yield Clues to Stickier Glues

Nov. 18, 2015 — Spider webs are notoriously sticky. Although they only take a second to swat down, shaking them off your hands can be an exercise in frustration. But that stubborn tackiness could come in handy when ... read more

New Pest Management Resource for Hop Growers in the Northeast

Nov. 9, 2015 — Researchers have published an open-access article that should help hop farmers in the northeastern US to manage insect pests. The article provides a comprehensive assessment of hop pests and methods ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Accustomed to parasitising the eggs of spiders, a worldwide genus of wasps is represented by as few as 24 known representatives from India. Biologists have discovered five new species of them. ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Pesticides in oil-based formulations are better than water-based formulations at penetrating the silk fibers of brown widow spider egg sacs, report ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Researchers found that the webs of sun-soaked spiders were far more resistant to UVB rays than the webs of those that hunt in the dark or shade, perhaps indicating an important adaptive ... read more

Scent Is the Route to the Very Best Fruit

Oct. 16, 2015 — Monkeys and other primates have a better sense of smell than is often claimed. Researchers have studied spider monkeys -- and found that they are experts at sniffing out optimally ripe ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — The very act of tolerating some forms of soil pollution may give trees an advantage in the natural world, says a plant ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — Biologists have identified the driving force behind the evolution of a leg novelty first found in spiders: ... read more

Pathogen-Carrying Neotropical Ticks Ride Migratory Birds Into US

Oct. 2, 2015 — Tick species not normally present in the United States are arriving here on migratory birds. Some of these ticks carry disease-causing Ricksettia species, and some of those species are exotic to the ... read more

Tick Spit Protein May Trigger Allergic Reactions

Sep. 25, 2015 — Ticks have had millions of years to figure out how to bite without triggering their victims' immune response. Proteins in the arachnids' spit evolved to manipulate immune cells so that the ... read more

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in South London Parks

Sep. 24, 2015 — Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — To discover a living huntsman spider in the South African deserts is a difficult feat; to study the spider in detail is almost impossible. The eight-legged animals are quick, nocturnal, and dwell in ... read more

Brown Widow Spider Reported for the First Time in Tahiti

Aug. 25, 2015 — Tahiti is a popular tourist destination, but one unwanted visitor has decided to make its home there: the brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus). A new article has reported the discovery of the ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — An ichneumonid parasitic wasp seizes control of the parasitized spider and exploits its 'resting web' building behavior as seen before moulting, scientists have discovered. Researchers ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed. The researchers focused on the way that exposure to ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — When it comes to courting, one common spider species is quick to learn, and that learning process involves eavesdropping on the visual cues of rivals to win their mate. Scientists report that when ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Male black widow spiders destroy large sections of the female's web during courtship and wrap it up in their own silk. New research shows that this home-wrecking behavior deters rival males, by ... read more

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