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10 Reasons Why The Brazilian Wandering Spider Is Your New Nightmare

brazilian spider

If you’re afraid of spiders, then fair warning: this post is going to stoke your arachnophobia like no other. No matter what spider you’re talking about, there are a few characteristics it’ll have that creep some people out. (E.g., it’s a spider, it has legs, it’s hairy, it’s ugly, etc.) Those are normal (creepy) traits that most spiders have. Well, ... Read More »

Sex in Praying Mantises will most likely end with a Dinner

praying mantis eats mate

Female praying mantises are famous for devouring their lovers, but they don’t actually get to mate as often as most people might think, says William Brown of the State University of New York Fredonia, who worked with film-maker Phil Hastings to record the mantises’ behaviour. “Cannibalism happens in about 16 per cent of encounters,” he says. “The male often gets ... Read More »

Amazing Caddisfly Larvae Builds protective cases out of Gold and other precious gems

Caddisfly Larvae gold

The caddisfly larvae is aquatic and can be found in a variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, springs and even temporary waters. The caddisfly larvae collects whatever material it can to form its protective case, bonding the various materials together with silk that it excretes from its salivary glands near its mouth. Different species of caddisfly tend ... Read More »

Stunning HD Photomicrography Lets You Observe Spiders In Such Never Before Seen Detail!

Eyes of a Female Phidippus workmani

Thomas Shahan a very talented  artist and microphotographer is an expert  in high-magnification photography, especially of insects and jumping spiders. He is a world renowned  master of arthropod portraiture, with his art pieces featured in National Geographic, Popular Photography, and NBC’s the “Today Show” as well as many other magazines, television segments, newspapers, and publications around the world. His Close up ... Read More »

Giant New Species Of Tarantula Discovered in Sri Lanka

tarantula Poecilotheria rajaei

Described by a number of media outlets as “the size of your face” a new tree-dwelling tarantula discovered in Sri Lanka has awed arachnophiliacs and terrified arachnophobes alike. But the new species, named Raja’s tiger spider (Poecilotheria rajaei), is likely Critically Endangered according to the scientist that discovered it in northern Sri Lanka. “They are quite rare,” Ranil Nanayakkara, co-founder ... Read More »

Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell Found! Sort Of ..

New species of fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana, is 2.5 times the width of a human hair. © Jennifer Read, Natural Resources Canada

A new genus of fairyfly has been discovered in Costa Rica. The new species is aptly named Tinkerbella nana after the fairy in J.M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan is one of the smallest winged insects in the neotropics. Found in both temperate and tropical climates, the fairyfly is not actually a fly as its name suggests, but instead is more ... Read More »

101 New Beetles Found

New species: Trigonopterus echinus. Photo by: Alexander Riedel.
Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0603-hance-png-weevils.html#Cv15KfPpoXysxYvX.99

Tropical rainforests are known for their high biodiversity of countless species, many of them unknown and not named by scientists yet. A large proportion of this undiscovered life on earth is formed by insects, especially beetles. In a single paper, a team of researchers described 101 new species of weevils (A weevil is a type of beetle) from New Guinea, ... Read More »