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Jurassic Park Ticks Plaguing Dinosaurs? Never Before Found: Mummified Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk and Trapped in Amber

06-18-2018

Jurassic Park Ticks Plaguing Dinosaurs? Never Before Found: Mummified Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk and Trapped in Amber

Back in the prehistoric day, a hapless tick, probably clinging to a hairy-legged, tree-climbing dinosaur met its untimely demise in the snare of a spider's web. Wrapped in silk, as a precaution or to save as a snack, the tick's attempt to escape...

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Do Spiders Get their Bad Reputation from Halloween?

10-26-2017

Do Spiders Get their Bad Reputation from Halloween?

Ever notice how spiders are everywhere in Halloween themes, from décor to candy and other All Hallows Eve festivities? Tons of wispy webs, strung up in doorways, sport eight-legged hairy, fanged fiends just waiting to ensnare victims in their...

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House Spiders - How To Play Nice With Your Unwanted Spider Roommates

12-07-2016

House Spiders - How To Play Nice With Your Unwanted Spider Roommates

Even the cleanest house plays host to a variety of insects including a number of different spiders. Which ones are safe for you to live with? How harmful are these spiders? Do they earn their keep with their extermination of other pesky...

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Armor-Covered Spiders

11-16-2016

Armor-Covered Spiders

Spiders are scary enough even when they don't have any special adaptations. One species of spider called tetrablemmids has special body armor that is extremely strong and durable. These spiders have multiple layers of thick, hardened exoskeleton...

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Why Are People So Afraid Of Insects And Spiders?

11-09-2016

Why Are People So Afraid Of Insects And Spiders?

According to the diagnostic manual of mental disorders, people who suffer from pathological fears of spiders and insects have what is referred to as "entomophobia." Of course people can be afraid of creepy-crawlies without having a full-blown...

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Can Spiders Hear What We Are Saying?

10-19-2016

Can Spiders Hear What We Are Saying?

For decades, entomologists around the world have all agreed that spiders cannot hear sounds. But how could arthropod researchers be so sure that spiders are unable to hear? Well . . . they just looked at the spiders with a magnifying glass and did...

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What Is The Difference Between Spiders And Opiliones?

09-13-2016

What Is The Difference Between Spiders And Opiliones?

We have all heard of spiders, but what are opiliones? First of all opiliones are better known as "harvestman." Second of all there does not exist much difference between the two types since they are both arthropods and they are both members of the...

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Researchers Effectively Blindfold Spiders in the Name of Science

06-02-2016

Researchers Effectively Blindfold Spiders in the Name of Science

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you blindfolded a spider?  Well, a team of presumably very bored entomologists at the University of Nebraska have managed to do just that.  However, and to the scientists' credit, the spider that they...

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Did You Know? Spiders Feast on More than Just Insects

04-14-2016

Did You Know? Spiders Feast on More than Just Insects

Did You Know? Spiders Feast on More than Just Insects Most people find them creepy and will take the necessary steps, such as hiring a professional pest management company, to keep these insects out of their homes. But others don't seem to mind...

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Tips to Help Prevent Contact with Spiders

03-23-2016

Tips to Help Prevent Contact with Spiders

Hulett Environmental Services  offers the following tips to help prevent contact with spiders: •    Avoid keeping clothing and shoes on the floor, especially if in an area known for spiders; consider storing inside plastic...

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