False widow spider warning as experts fear venomous spiders could invade UK homes

False widow spider warning as experts fear venomous spiders could invade UK homes

Britons have been warned of an influx of venomous spiders after a summer of extreme temperatures. The Met Office released a number of weather warnings this summer amid scorching temperatures, including a record-breaking 40°C heat wave. The extreme weather had caused false widow spiders to breed and multiply in the British Isles. The spider, while … Read more

New genus of spiders named after David Bowie

Bowie rebellious – one of the species recently described by Peter Jäger. Credit: Senckenberg/Jäger Senckenberg arachnologist Dr. Peter Jäger named a new genus from the wandering spider family in honor of the late pop musician David Bowie – on the occasion of the music legend’s 75th birthday. Within the genus Bowie gene. Nov. Coming from … Read more

How a spider biology scandal turned researchers’ lives upside down

Spider biologist Jonathan Pruitt was examined for data irregularities in several publications.Credit: Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front After more than two years of accusations of data irregularities in his publications, Jonathan Pruitt, a behavioral ecologist and rising star of spider behavior, resigned in July from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. The layoff marks a turning point … Read more

False widow spider warning as experts fear venomous spiders could invade UK homes

Britons have been warned of an influx of venomous spiders after a summer of extreme temperatures. The Met Office released a number of weather warnings this summer amid scorching temperatures, including a record-breaking 40°C heat wave. The extreme weather had caused false widow spiders to breed and multiply in the British Isles. The spider, while … Read more

Butterfly’s migrating life inspires wonder, scientific inquiry

“What you see just amazes you,” says Douglass, 74, an entomologist, pilot, and former director of the Foothills Trail Conservancy. The tour group he was part of was not allowed to walk through the rest area. They had to stand just outside the edge, but that was spectacle enough. “You just look down there,” he … Read more