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Tag Archives: venom
Do other bugs have anything similar to a hymenopteran’s stinger?
Question: I know that stingers on wasps, bees, ants, etc., are modified ovipositors, which helps them out in terms of defense […] this got me into thinking. Do other bugs have anything similar? This question emailed to us is quite intriguing and … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Evolution Tagged antlion, cuticular spins, envenomation, Onychocerus albitarsis, Reduviidae, scorpion beetle, sting, venom, Venomous 1 Comment
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
If I am allergic to honeybees, am I also allergic to other bees?
Post written by Joe Ballenger Does the allergy to honeybee stings carry over to other bees like the bumblebees and carpenter bees? Allergies are very complicated, but they also effect a lot of people. So this is a topic … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Physiology Tagged Allergy, Antibodies, Bees, Beneficial Insects, venom, Wasps 1 Comment
Why are caterpillar hairs itchy? Why do caterpillar hairs cause abortions in horses? Can they hurt other pets?
Written by Joe Ballenger The great thing about being on social media is that we run into a lot of questions and conversations that are very closely related to each other despite the fact that the participants might not realize … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Physiology Tagged Butterfly, Caterpillar, defense, Lepidoptera, moth, venom 4 Comments
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