MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising...
Tarantulas find a new home at Elgin Middle School
ELGIN, Okla. (AP) — Tarantulas have taken refuge in Elgin Middle School.
Yes, those often large, hairy-legged spiders that are straight out of the nightmare of any self-respecting arachnophobe are now calling the school "home."
Fear not, however, as these spiders have instead drawn the fascination of much of the school over the last two academic years since the first one, affectionately named "Mary Todd" after the former first lady, first arrived in the classroom.
Eek! Non-native venomous spider found living in Oregon
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The types of venomous spiders residing in Oregon have doubled.
State officials confirm that a brown widow spider — usually found in South Africa, Florida and Southern California — has recently been found living in Oregon City, in the northwestern part of the state.
It's not clear how it arrived or if there are more.
Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.
Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.
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Woman finds deadly spider in grocery store grapes
BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman says she found a black widow spider in a package of grapes from the grocery store.
The woman says she bought the organic grapes from a Stop & Shop in Branford on Monday morning, and she and her 11-year-old son were eating the grapes together when they found the spider.
The woman says the venomous spider didn't bite, and the store offered her a full refund. She declined to give her name.
Southern Indiana sees more black widows indoors
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Recent extreme heat and frequent rains have spurred more complaints than usual about venomous black widow spiders in southwestern Indiana.
Entomologists theorize this summer's hot, wet weather may be driving the spiders indoors, sometimes biting residents, the Evansville Courier & Press reported .
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Boat builders in northern Indiana caught a creepy-looking six-inch spider and later released the large arachnid back into the wild.
Workers at Godfrey Marine in Elkhart put the critter in a plastic bag to move it away from their work space.
They later learned the creature is called a fishing spider and is relatively harmless. Its long legs allow the spider to walk across water surfaces.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spider's silk is as strong as the Kevlar woven into bulletproof vests and more elastic than nylon, making it tougher than any material made by human hands. Generations of scientists have tried to mass produce it and failed.
Amanda Brooks, though, may be close.
Brooks, an assistant professor at North Dakota State University, has developed an intriguing device she thinks will be a big advance in the effort to spin synthetic spider silk and recreate the strong, stretchy fibers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The general manager of a Portland restaurant has filed a lawsuit against a pest control company after he was bit by a venomous spider.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that Scott Clement claims he had asked Ecolab to spray for spiders at McCormick & Schmick's Harborside restaurant for more than a month before he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Most students around Christmas time are daydreaming about the coming holidays, but the Liberty Players, Liberty High School's premiere drama program, is deep in rehearsals for their dramatic program, "Christmas Is In The Air."
The combination of two Christmas plays, one a world premiere, and a dramatic reading of "T'was the night before Christmas" complete the setting for the ensemble's seventh performance in their new space.
Fire department fights brown recluse spiders after 2 bitten
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama fire department is fighting a different kind of battle after two firefighters were bitten by poisonous spiders.
Capt. Frank McKenzie of Huntsville Fire and Rescue tells WHNT-TV that two firefighters working at the department's Station 17 have been bitten by brown recluse spiders.
Lions, tigers and bears, oh no! County bans exotic pets
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Hedgehogs dodged the chopping block, but a Virginia county is putting an end to residents adopting a variety of exotic animals as pets.
The Arlington County Board on Tuesday voted to prohibit keeping exotic animals as pets. Existing exotic pets are exempt from the ban, but residents will be required to register them with the local animal welfare league.
Thumb-length ‘tarantula hawks’ at New Orleans insectarium
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thumb-length wasps called tarantula hawks are on display at the insectarium in New Orleans.
They're big, beautiful and placid — except when a female is after a tarantula to feed its young, says Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium curator Zack Lemann.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia area's transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city.
KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2utfAKR ) reports the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority has hired an exterminator to battle the bugs that keep dropping down onto waiting passengers at its station in Northern Liberties.
A SEPTA spokesman says that agency has also been cleaning light fixtures where a lot of the spiders have been hiding.
Although the sight of any spider may be enough to make someone with arachnophobia cringe, there are a couple of spiders that everyone should be concerned about.
In his younger years, Oliver Greer screamed every time he saw a spider.
Now, he’s surrounded by at least 130 arachnids, all dead, all carefully pinned and mounted in display cases in the Harrell House Bug Museum, which he runs with Wade Harrell. All told, their exhibition has about 2,400 mounted bugs, as well as a number of live ones that often interact with visitors.
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MENDON, Mass. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl is recovering at her home in Massachusetts after being bitten by a black widow spider.
Kristine Donovan says she noticed a bruise on her daughter Kailyn's leg a week ago. The bruise grew larger, which led Donovan to take her daughter to a pediatrician.
Donovan says she eventually ended up taking her daughter to the emergency room after an antibiotics treatment didn't work.
WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t?
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There's an official dog, an official flower and even an official beverage. But students in a first-grade class in North Carolina think a spider should be in the group of special state symbols.
Students in Patti Evans' class at Dickson Elementary School have gone so far as to craft a bill which Rep. Susan Fisher has sponsored to make the golden silk spider the top arachnid.
Ruby Rose thinks her house is being invaded by black widow spiders.
The 'Orange is the New Black' star - who was born and raised in Australia - was stunned to see a highly venomous creepy crawly with a red back, most commonly talked about in her native country, on her doorstep at her home in Los Angeles.
Taking to her Twitter account, the 31-year-old actress uploaded a photograph of the spider and asked her fans whether the black insect was the deadly black widow.
When I was a small child living in Orange County, Calif., I took everything my mother and father said to heart. I was at that delicate stage when I knew everything they said was somewhere etched in stone. That was just before I aged a few years and was convinced that everything they said was absolutely wrong. For some reason, there never was a middle ground. Anyway ...
Do you ever get distracted during the homily in church? I try very hard to pay attention because I know that the priest is trying to dispense a message for my welfare, but we recently had a visiting priest whose message was somewhat less than compelling and I happened to notice that way up in the ornamental hanging lights in church there were some very intricate spider webs. I decided right then that I would make it a point not to sit under those lights—who knows when one of those little buggers might decide to “eliminate.” And you know how hard those little spider spots are to get off.
Growing up, Deen Pollin dealt with spiders the only way he knew how. He crushed them.
Most people have killed a spider at least once in their lifetime, if not on a weekly basis. More often than not, the fear of touching a spider to capture it and set it free, outweighs people’s immediate fear and urge to crush the furry, eight-legged arachnid.
Pollin, 43, decided to overcome his lifelong fear in 1997 when he mail-ordered a tarantula.
The jumping spider has eight eyes but no ears, yet scientists have discovered that the members of the arachnid family can hear. How is that possible?
The discovery was made by accident. Scientists had been using a special tool to measure the jumping spider’s brain activity. The machine made a sound when the spider’s neurons — cells in the brain — were active.
A bug’s life offers new insights
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A darkling beetle here, a wolf spider there. Is that a camel cricket? No, a Jerusalem cricket.
A Roseburg woman is recovering from an apparent spider bite that exterminators say was most likely from a Hobo spider.
Molly Fisher was in her home north of Roseburg with her 11-month-old baby, when she experienced the bite on her elbow. She didn't think much about it, so she didn't go to seek medical help right away. In a few days though, the bite area started to swell, and she nearly lost her arm because of it.
Ogre-faced spiders found in coastal Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Matt Moore was poking around the pond dam near his Bulloch County home one night last July when he found something he'd only ever seen before in books.
"I was out with a headlamp looking around for snakes and spiders," said Moore, a self-taught naturalist and a field tech with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "I shined the light and I saw an ogre-faced spider."
Tarantulas looking for love in California; hikers warned
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tarantulas are out looking for love, and hikers in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains are warned to watch out for the hairy spiders.
Tarantula mating season has begun, and it will last through the end of October, the National Park Service said Thursday.
That means the giant arachnids will spend the next two months weaving webs just above ground, outside the female's burrow, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/2bWXjyq).