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Tag Archives: Spiders
Are Brown Widows as Dangerous as Black Widows?
Written by Joe Ballenger As a rule, Widows have pretty nasty venom. I was knocked on my butt for about 3 days after a bite I received from a Southern Widow (Lactrodectus mactans) after mishandling her. These sorts of incidents … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology, Pest Management, Physiology Tagged Arachnology, Biochemistry, Black Widow, Brown Widow, Medical Entomology, Medicine, Spider, Spider Bites, Spiders, Toxicology, venom, Venomous 5 Comments
There’s a lot of misinformation about spider bites on the internet…and some of it comes from academic websites.
Written by Joe Ballenger October is an important time for spiders. Spiders sleep through the winter, and right about now is when they’re looking for places to hunker down. Consequently, we get a lot of pictures of spiders in people’s … Continue reading
Posted in News, Research Tagged Arachtober, Spider Bites, Spiders 3 Comments
Can Spiders Learn From Each Other?
Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Mark Your Bug Question: I have spiders in and around my house. I eventually get around to removing their webs from hard to reach places like living room chandelier. It takes so long that … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Pest Management Tagged Cellar Spiders, learning, Spiders, Web Building 4 Comments
Why don’t spiders have wings?
Your Name: Anarely Your Bug Question: Hello, I was wondering, why are the exact reasons that spiders don’t have wings? Is it possible for them to evolve and get them or what is stopping this from happening? I’m sure the … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology Tagged Evolution, Flight, Spiders 5 Comments
How do I relocate insects and spiders?
This is actually one of the more common questions we get, and it’s a pretty difficult one to answer because every situation is different. Insects can get themselves into a lot of awkward situations, and I can totally relate to … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Education, Insect Rearing, Pest Management Tagged Arthropod Handling, Insects, Relocation, Spiders 6 Comments
Chemical Warfare and Evolution
Written by Nancy Miorelli Just this week I had the unique opportunity to give a joint presentation with Jon Perry from Stated Clearly. Jon and I worked for several months together, in combination with a team of other scientists and … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Chemistry, Physiology, Taxonomy Tagged Benzequinones, Bombardier Beetle, Chemistry, Hydrogen Cyanide, Millipede, neurotoxins, Poisonous, Spiders, Venomous 1 Comment
Can I Bring That On a Plane?
Written by Nancy Miorelli It’s happened to all of us. You go to the pet store or the adoption agency and fall in love with a big sweet pair of eyes. Or like, 4 pairs of eyes. And 8 legs. Okay, … Continue reading
What Is an Entomologist?
Written by Nancy Miorelli I will give you that “Entomologist” isn’t a particularly popular term. In fact, when I tell people that I’m an entomologist, they usually ask, “… so like, words?” I then have to explain to them that … Continue reading
Posted in Research Tagged Arachnology, Entomologist, Entomology, Insect, Jobs, Navy, Outreach, Research, Spiders, students, Teachers 3 Comments
When a Spider Loses a Leg, Does Its Whole Hydraulic System Lose Pressure?
Written by Joe Ballenger @BugQuestions whenever a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system loses pressure as well? My ghost spider lost a leg and froze. — Katzider (@katzider) April 10, 2015 This question came to us from … Continue reading
Posted in Education, Physiology Tagged Beneficial Insects, Education, Insect Killing, Pets, Physiology, Predator, Science, Science Communicaiton, Spiders, Veterinary Care 7 Comments
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