Health Officials Aim To Correct The Trend Of Misdiagnosing Spider Bites

Have you ever woken up one morning to find a reddish, circular and slightly swollen bump on your body that contained two distinct marks? You probably assumed that your wound was caused by a spider bite given the two marks that resemble puncture points made by spider fangs. However, according to many doctors, these wounds are typically not indicative of a spider bite. As a result of all the misdiagnosis that have taken place over the years regarding spiders, doctors are looking to educate themselves as well as the public as to how to properly identify a dangerous spider bite.

Brown recluse bites do not become too swollen, rather these bites are usually flat with a pale mark in the middle, and there will not be any oozing of pus unless you sustain a bite on your eyelid or toes. Since brown recluse venom destroys tiny blood vessel when they bite you, the mark they leave is not as red as you would think. The center is pail, while the surrounding flesh is light red or purple. If the center is red, then a harmless spider probably bit you. If you believe that you have sustained a wound from a black widow or brown recluse then you should check into the ER at your earliest convenience.

Have you ever woken up in the morning to find a huge spider bite? If yes, did the wound require treatment?

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The Moths That Can Become Imprisoned In Plants

Leaflower trees attract leaf flower moths, and not just for pollination. These plants can give off a fragrant odor that leaflower moths cannot resist, and much to their detriment. Most leaf flower larvae are deposited into the fruit that grows on the plants. Once the larvae develop into maturity it will fall onto the forest floor only to spread its new wings and fly away. However, another species of moth, E. lanceolaria, remains enclosed within the fruit even after it has reached adulthood.

The particular tree that this species of moth prefers is called G. lanceolarium, and this tree is unique in that it takes a longer than normal amount of time before this tree bears fruit. Naturally, this tree’s pollinating moths will find themselves trapped within the tree’s fruit until the fruit matures, which is well into the moths adult life. Luckily, the moth eventually escapes just in time to lay their eggs and survive long enough to feed on some fruit, which I imagine they must be pretty sick of by that point.

Do you know of any insects that die as a result of the pollination process?

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A Brand New Species Of Opossum Has Been Found

A Brand New Species Of Opossum Has Been Found

An entirely new species of opossum has been found in plane sight at a museum. Biologist, Silvia Pavan, discovered the unfamiliar opossum when a specimen was brought to the museum where she worked. After carefully analyzing the opossum, she realized that there were already specimens of this mysterious opossum being kept in museum collections. The reddish brown hair covering this newly found opossum is similar to another species of opossum known as Monodelphis saci, which is a name taken from a similar looking gnome from South American folklore.

Much like the saci, this still unnamed species of opossum is also sporting a reddish coat. Opossums originated from South America, and they quickly dispersed to the North American continent, reaching regions as far north as Virginia. Since the opossum is so widely distributed, there could still be several unnamed species of opossum still active in the wild.

Have you ever spotted an opossum with a colored fur coat, or a coat that was not white or black?

 

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Robotic Insects Are Now Speedier Than Real Insects

Humans and other vertebrates run faster the less their feet hit the ground. However, this is not the case with organisms that possess six or more legs. Rather these leggy creatures run faster the more they have all of their legs on the ground. Due to this advantage on the part of bugs, engineers often create robots that move in a manner similar to insects. Despite this seemingly sensible scientific tradition, some engineers are now claiming that having more legs may not necessarily be such a great model for robotics.

Researchers have recently developed advanced algorithms to determine if more legs always equates to faster speeds. Remarkably, the results showed that insects would actually be faster if they were bipedal. So why do insects have multiple legs if two legs is more optimal? Researches believe that insects are still better off with more than two legs since they have to use their legs to climb vertical surfaces. When a spider is climbing upwards, it is better to have two sets of three legs sticking to a vertical surface as opposed to two legs.

Are there any animals that have six or more legs and are not insects or arachnids?

 

 

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 Gypsy Moths Will To Be Neutralized By Mass Aerial Insecticide-Spraying

Many Midwesterners are fed up with the annoying gypsy moth population. Gypsy moths start life as tree eating caterpillars. These caterpillars have destroyed thousands of trees in Ohio alone, and one of Ohio’s most popular public parks, Minerva Park, has seen its trees ravaged on a scale as large as a city block. Gypsy moths are believed to have migrated west from Pennsylvania several years ago, while leaving a trail of destruction in their path that has left the state of Ohio particularly afflicted. In response to this worsening gypsy moth problem, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has started is annual moth control treatment program.

There is currently a mad rush to save trees in the Midwestern and mid Atlantic states that have been damaged by moth activity, but can still be saved with aerial insecticide spraying. According to Ohio State University Entomologist, Dr. David Shetlar, the agricultural departments slow spreading of insecticides over particular targets by plane has proven to be a highly useful method of keeping these devastating bugs at bay.

Have you ever worked on a farm and witnessed aerial insecticide spraying for yourself?

 

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Does Slime From Snails Really Work As A Beautifying Skin Product

Does Slime From Snails Really Work As A Beautifying Skin Product

You may or may not have heard of the snail-slime trend involving the use of snail-slime as a skin care product. This trend is increasing dramatically in popularity. The demand for snail-slime as a skin care agent has caused a three hundred and twenty five percent increase in snail farming over the last two decades. In just the last ten months the cosmetics industry has seen a forty six percent increase in snail slime demand.

Snail-slime has been used to beautify human skin since the times of the ancient Greeks. The Greeks took snails and crushed them into an ointment that they could rub onto their faces. During more recent times snail-slime has been marketed for its alleged effectiveness at treating acne and reducing wrinkles.

Some spas around the world allow for customers to choose to have snails crawl around on their faces for their skin-care effects. There are also cosmetic products within some stores that contain pure mollusk-slime. Whatever works, I guess.

Have you ever tried applying snail slime to your face for skin care purposes?

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Should You Still Be Worried About Contracting Rabies?

Although you may not hear too many stories about people falling victim to the rabies virus, there are still plenty of rabies cases reported around the United States, and elsewhere, today. Researchers from the University of Georgia’s Ecology department are attempting to eradicate the virus entirely.

The researchers, as you would expect, have seen their share of raccoons while out in the field. Around ninety percent of rabies cases reported in the United States were transmitted by wild animals, and thirty percent of those wild animals are raccoons. In fact, there have been efforts to eradicate the rabies virus for years now. Some of these efforts include lobbying lawmakers to create laws that make the spread of rabies more improbable, such as requiring domestic dogs and cats to receive the rabies. There are, luckily, very few confirmed cases of rabies in the US relative to other countries, but according to the World Health Organization you should definitely visit the hospital if you have recently sustained a bite from a bat or raccoon.

Have you ever been worried that you may have had rabies?

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