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Tag Archives: Venomous
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
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
Will That Bug Hurt Me?
Written by Nancy Miorelli We have to get something out of the way first. A lot of people use the word “poisonous” to mean “It hurt me more than just a bite and I could probably die”. However, “Poisonous” and “Venomous” … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged Aposematic Coloration, Bugs, Insects, Kids Questions, Mimicry, Poisonous, Venomous, Warning Coloration 2 Comments
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