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Apr. 21, 2016 — Jumping spiders are known for their excellent vision. This attribute may enable them to visually size up a potential opponent and decide whether to step away from a possible fight even before it ... read more

Invasive Crabs Changing Ecology of Narragansett Bay

Apr. 18, 2016 — The ecology of the Rhode Island shore has changed dramatically in the last two decades due to one relatively recent invader: the Asian shore ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — If you go out after a rain, you may notice spider webs glistening with water droplets. The soggy webs resemble human-made meshes for fog collection: They both have thin fibers that collect water from ... read more

The Ecological Role of Fruit Aroma

Apr. 12, 2016 — Fruits are a highly valuable source of food. They are packed with tasty and healthy nutrients and are often characterized by alluring colorful displays and an attractive aroma. Yet it is still ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Biologists have discovered that trap-jaw spiders have a surprising ability to strike their prey at lightning speed and with super-spider ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — Researchers have discovered the fossil of a 305-million-year-old arachnid, which will help scientists to understand more about the early origins of modern-day ... read more

Mar. 23, 2016 — More mercury than previously thought is moving from aquatic to land food webs when stream insects are consumed by spiders, a new study shows. The findings shed new light on the influence of dissolved ... read more

High Levels of Co-Infection With Pathogens and Symbionts in Ticks from the Ardennes

Mar. 17, 2016 — Ticks are small blood-feeding arachnids that can transmit diseases amongst animals and humans. Researchers studied pathogen species and bacterial symbionts in tick species Ixodes ricinus. Their ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — A biologist spent several weeks in dark caves in Puerto Rico inhabited by an estimated 300,000 bats -- many of which whizzed right by him -- as well as snakes, cockroaches and spiders. He was ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Spiders are known to be the classic example of insectivorous predators. Zoologists have now been able to show that their diet is more diverse than expected. Their findings show that spiders like to ... read more

Dramatically Dynamic Genomic Evolution of a Mighty Mite

Mar. 10, 2016 — Sequencing and comparative analysis of the genome of the Western Orchard predatory mite has revealed intriguingly-extreme genomic evolutionary dynamics through an international research effort. In a ... read more

Mar. 7, 2016 — Warthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — Researchers have found habitats suitable for lone star tick populations in Kansas are ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — Secret codes and hidden messages aren't just for computer security experts or kids passing notes in class -- animals use them too. The telltale red hourglass of the black widow spider appears ... read more

Feb. 23, 2016 — After a burst of work in the 1980s, it was believed that science had a sound understanding of the evolution of spiders. However, in a new study employing cutting edge bioinformatics and next ... read more

Feb. 17, 2016 — Eight new whip spider species have been found in the Brazilian Amazon, almost doubling the number of known charinid whip spider species in ... read more

Arachnophobes Overestimate Spider Sizes, Say Researchers

Feb. 16, 2016 — Although individuals with both high and low arachnophobia rated spiders as highly unpleasant, only the highly fearful participants overestimated the spider size, say authors of a new ... read more

Light Used to Measure the 'Big Stretch' in Spider Silk Proteins

Feb. 15, 2016 — While working to improve a tool that measures the pushes and pulls sensed by proteins in living cells, biophysicists say they've discovered one reason spiders' silk is so elastic: Pieces of ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North ... read more

Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species That Causes Lyme Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species ... read more

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