This Australian spider evolved to kill us — here’s why. Fear of spiders is so common it consistently ranks in lists of the most common human phobias.
A study published in October in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives us yet another reason to be terrified of spiders — or at least, one deadly Sydney funnel-web spider. It seems this particular Australian funnel-web spider has evolved a deadly defense system to target vertebrates. Specifically: humans. Here's Why Nobody In The Animal Kingdom Messes With A Velvet Ant. ‘Murder hornets’ invading US are about to enter ‘slaughter phase’ With Donald Trump off the campaign trail for an indefinite period after contracting the COVID-19 virus and being admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center, MSNBC host Alex Witt introduced a segment showing the president's re-election campaign is collapsing in the much-needed state of Florida.
Showing "stunning" polls that the president is bleeding support from senior voters who propelled him to the White House in 2016, and his Florida numbers collapsing, Witt blurted, the president "probably doesn't want to hear this. " Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Florida Releasing GMO Mosquitoes. The Florida Keys will host an experimental release of genetically modified, self-destroying mosquitoes.These experiments are viewed as alternatives to environmentally destructive insecticides, for example.
The plan has drawn criticism from environmental groups. Corporate scientists have received final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release hundreds of millions of genetically altered mosquitoes into the Florida Keys. The goal? To begin reining in the mosquito population, which is only expected to increase as climate change continues to warm and flood the low-lying, tropical Keys. But some environmental groups object strongly to the move. New Fossil Discovery Shows How Ancient 'Hell Ants' Hunted With Headgear. Researchers from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Rennes in France have unveiled a stunning 99-million-year-old fossil pristinely preserving an enigmatic insect predator from the Cretaceous Period — a ‘hell ant’ (haidomyrmecine) — as it embraced its unsuspecting final victim, an extinct relative of the cockroach known as Caputoraptor elegans.
The ancient encounter, locked in amber recovered from Myanmar, offers a detailed glimpse at a newly identified prehistoric ant species Ceratomyrmex ellenbergeri, and presents some of the first direct evidence showing how it and other hell ants once used their killer features — snapping their bizarre, but deadly, scythe-like mandibles in a vertical motion to pin prey against their horn-like appendages. “Fossilized behavior is exceedingly rare, predation especially so. Driving Diversity of Hell Ants & Their Headgear “Over 99% of all species that have ever lived have gone extinct,” said Barden. Argentine Ant Facts. Whether you're a Jaws fanatic or just want to live every week like it's Shark Week, you'll want to read up on these fascinating facts about sharks, adapted from an episode of The List Show on YouTube. 1.
There are more than 500 types of sharks. They range in size from 8 inches to 40 feet long. 2. The cookie cutter shark grows to up to 22 inches. Belostomatidae. Morphology Belostomatids have a flattened, obovoid to ovoid-elongate body, and usually the legs are flattened. The hind tarsi have two apical claws and tucked behind the eyes is a short antennae.
A short breathing tube can be retracted into its abdomen. Adults cannot breathe under water, so must periodically place the breathing tube at the surface for air (similar to a snorkel). Their frontal legs are modified into raptorial appendages that are used to grab their prey, except in the African Limnogeton, which has "normal" frontal legs and is a specialized snail-eater. Once caught, the prey are stabbed with their proboscis and a powerful saliva is injected, allowing the Belostomatid to suck out the liquefied remains. Wings pads can be seen from the dorsal view.
The members of the subfamily Lethocerinae can disperse by flying, but some other species, including Abedus herberti, have a greatly reduced flight apparatus and are flightless. Habits Breeding Watch a praying mantis enjoy a delicious murder hornet. “Murder hornets" explained: Their scariest threat is not their venomous sting. A species of insect previously unseen in the United States is here — and it's big, fast, and deadly.
Meet the Asian giant hornet, now popularly known as the "murder hornet. " This week a New York Times article on their emergence in Washington state caused the news of their arrival to go viral. But while jokes online trend toward "first comes a pandemic then comes 'murder hornets,'" the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) actually announced in February that four reports of Asian giant hornets near the cities of Blaine and Bellingham were verified in December. The massive insects — native to a wide swath of East, South, and Southeast Asia, and East Russia — appeared in North America even earlier than that.
While the December emergence was the first time Asian giant hornets were seen in the US, they were seen in two locations in near-by British Columbia in the fall of 2019, the WSDA reports. Super-Venomous Spiders Could Surge in Australia. Alligators are pretty terrifying as they are, but scientists are making discoveries about the reptilian ambush predators that only add to that reputation. 1.
Alligators have an extremely powerful bite. You really, really don’t want to be bitten by an alligator. A 2004 study of wild and captive alligators found that large individuals bite down with 13,172 Newtons—or 2960 pounds—of force, one of the most powerful bites ever recorded for a living animal [PDF]. Lunar crash may have seeded indestructible ‘water bears’ on the moon. A tiny species of nearly indestructible creatures may have just taken over the moon before humans — although we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Thousands of microscopic tardigrades likely survived a lunar lander crash into the moon last April, according to the founder of an Earth archive project. The Israeli-run lunar lander, dubbed Beresheet, was supposed to be the first privately funded spacecraft to touch down on the moon. A million cannibal ants have been unleashed from a nuclear bunker in Poland. This is a tale of two wood ant colonies: one ruled by a queen, the other ruled by cannibalistic hunger.
The first ant colony formed around its queen, who came to settle in the ventilation pipe of an abandoned Soviet-era nuclear bunker in Poland. Facts About Ants. Cannibal ants that were first discovered in a bunker in 2013 now have a boardwalk to freedom.Scientists know wood ants in particular often consume their fellow ants’ corpses.Ants are suspiciously smart, using collective action to find resources like food. “Nuclear cannibal ants” sounds like a horror B-movie—one we’d totally see—but these real-life ants have beaten the odds after being stranded in a retired nuclear weapons bunker in Poland. Since 2013, Polish scientists have studied this unique ant population. Guy Pours Gasoline Into An Ant Hole, Lights It On Fire And Explodes His Whole Backyard. Venomous Puss Caterpillars Have Been Spotted. Watch This Slow-Mo Footage of a Fire Ant Injecting Venom. The worker sinks her mandibles into Dr.
Smith's skin, then feels around with her stinger for the perfect place to stab. You Might Have Nightmares After Seeing This Bobbit Worm Chomp Down An Unsuspecting Fish. This Car Full of Wasps Is a Major Nope. State Veterinarian reminds livestock and pet owners to watch out for ticks. State Veterinarian reminds livestock and pet owners to watch out for ticksRecent cattle deaths in Surry County linked to Asian longhorned ticks RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes is reminding livestock and pet owners to be vigilant in their tick preventative measures during warm weather. Recently, the deaths of five cows in Surry County were linked to acute anemia caused by tick infestations. Samples were sent to the N.C. Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch for identification which confirmed Asian longhorned ticks. “This is the fourth confirmed case in North Carolina since 2018, and the first case reported this year. Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans.
Ravenous swarms of cloned ticks have killed a fifth cow in North Carolina by exsanguination—that is, by draining it of blood—the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warned this week. Experts fear that the bloodthirsty throngs, which were first noticed in the United States in 2017, will continue their rampage, siphoning life out of animals and eventually transmitting diseases, potentially deadly ones, to humans. Just last month, infectious disease researchers in New York reported the first case of the tick species biting a human in the US.
The finding was “unsurprising” given the tick’s ferocious nature, according to Dr. The Bizarre Physics of Fire Ants. Someone Designed A Bathroom To House Giant Spiders And Its An Arachnophobia Nightmare. If the idea of going to the bathroom outside or in an outhouse scares you because of the possibility of spiders than this architectural design is not for you. Posted to the Facebook page Dubai Roaches, courtesy of the Spider Shop was a series of photographs of a bathroom specifically outfitted with wooden fixtures to house whip spiders. The bathroom captioned with “Such a cool bathroom idea!!!” Not only features tree logs for the spiders but the spiders themselves – and people are getting the creepy crawlies just looking at on their screens. Imagine the scene from Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets where Ron and Harry are surrounded by giant spiders, welp it’s just like that but in the comfort of someone’s home. WARNING: people with arachnophobia should probably stop scrolling now Image credits: The Spider Shop Crawling across the walls in the photo are whip spiders.
Cientists discover over 450 fossilized millipedes in 100-million-year-old amber. Sciencemag. Could termites teach us how to save the world? After being neck deep in oil for nearly a decade, it made perfect sense that the writer Lisa Margonelli would become obsessed with termites. Termites offered an escape from the depressing and seemingly intractable politics that stop us from breaking our addiction to oil. Margonelli had written a bestseller, Oil on the Brain, given a TED talk about petroleum and climate change, and directed a think tank’s energy initiative. But oil politics change direction as slowly as ginormous crude-oil supertankers (which need 1.5 miles to turn around on a good day). MY FIRE ANTS' NEW ANT FARM! Time lapse - Ants using tools to carry honey water. Fossils Show Ancient Horrifying Xenomorph-Style Insects. Two major crop scourges are hybridizing to produce a new mega-pest.
Australian scientists have found evidence that two of the world's most damaging pests have hybridized to create a dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes. Here's Why Cockroaches Can Survive Just About Anything. The genome of the American cockroach has been sequenced for the first time, revealing why these creepy-crawlies are such tenacious survivors.
The roach (Periplaneta americana) has widely expanded gene families related to taste and smell, to detoxification and to immunity, compared with other insects, according to a new study published March 20 in the journal Nature Communications. "It makes total sense in the context of the lifestyle," said Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University who was part of a team that last month reported an analysis of the genome of the German cockroach (Blattella germanica). Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Greatest Natural Disaster in American History. Flies more germ-laden than suspected. Turns Out, Spiders Have Tiny Paws, And It May Change The Way You Look At Them. The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing. Rude, erect and smothered in flies, this fungus has no shame. Worms are the perfect pets: 7 reasons why everyone should have a wormery.
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Nightmarish Find: Giant, Venomous Centipede Is a Powerful Swimmer. The worst pain known to humans: the “bullet ant” gloves of Brazil. Ranking the Pain of Stinging Insects, From ‘Caustic’ to ‘Blinding' History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. When dung beetles dance, they photograph the firmament. Bedbug genome decoded in hopes of destroying the tiny blood suckers. These Unusual American Ants Never Get Old. 'Las Vegas of Ants' Visible on Google Earth. Flesh-eating beetles strip bodies to the bone. Earth - Ten sinister parasites that control their hosts' minds. Horrifying study shows how far bed bugs can spread in apartment buildings. - Seriously, Science? Why the Arctic's Big Mosquito Problem Is Getting a Lot Worse.
First glimpse of skydiving spiders showing off gliding skills. America’s most lethal animal. Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar. Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do. Ants Go Marching - Issue 3: In Transit. Giant Invasive Crab Caught Walking Down The Street In Hawaii. Termite Art for Your Desktop. Yet another reason to hate ticks. Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength.
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