Spiders Found That Can Trap Prey Using Electrically Charged Webs

Spiders Found That Can Trap Prey Using Electrically Charged Webs

A common type of spider has been discovered to have the ability to trap and subdue its prey using electrically charged silk webs. The spider, Uloboros plumipes, better known as the “garden center spider,” can create exceptionally durable silk fibers which can harbor an electric charge. These nanometer-thick strands of electrically charged silk are then […]

Locusts Darken Skies Above Capital of Madagascar

Locusts Darken Skies Above Capital of Madagascar

On Thursday, August 28, a plague of locusts blanketed the skies above Antananarivo, Madagascar, turning them dark, in the latest onslaught in a two-year-war that the population of Madagascar has fought against these relentless insects. Out of desperation, the city of Antananarivo has called upon the United Nations to help them come up with a […]

Insect With Smallest Genome Spends Most of Its Life Frozen in Antarctica

Insect With Smallest Genome Spends Most of Its Life Frozen in Antarctica

The Antarctic midge lives most of its life frozen, and it was just discovered that it has the smallest genome of all insects tested to date. The insect’s small genome may be a result of living in the extreme conditions of Antarctica. The Antarctic midge, officially known as Belgica antarctica, is the only insect known […]