A hair’s breadth away: New tarantula species and genus honors Gabriel García Márquez

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  • June 30, 2016
  • With its extraordinary defensive hairs, a Colombian tarantula proved itself as not only a new species, but also a new genus. It is hypothesised that the new spider is the first in its subfamily to use its stinging hairs in direct attack instead of ‘kicking’ them into the enemy. Described in the open access journal ZooKeys […]

    Call for arms and stings: Social wasps use alarm pheromones to coordinate their attacks

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  • December 3, 2015
  • Humans might know them as vicious stingers, but yellow jacket wasps also impress with their vigorous protection over their young. To resolve the mystery around their complex defensive behavior, a Canadian research team, led by Dr. Sean McCann, Simon Fraser University, have used simple components to develop and construct a device that consequently helped them […]