Monthly Archives: October 2016

Widow spiders

Information just in time for Halloween where spider webs and spooky spiders are a common sight. There are four species of widow spiders found in Texas, with the best known being the black widow.  Coloration can vary, but they are typically jet black with two reddish-orange triangles on the underside of the abdomen, forming an hourglass shape.  The triangles sometimes do not touch each other creating a broken hourglass shape.  Males and juveniles are smaller and often are more colorful, with bright markings on their sides or back…. Read More →

Fun facts about bugs

I’m feeling a bit blue today, so I thought I would do something a bit lighter.  Here are 10 fun facts about insects! Insects are on every continent except Antarctica. The fear of cockroaches is called Katsaridaphobia. Mexican jumping beans are seed pods that have been inhabited by the larva of a small moth and are native to Mexico. Adult ladybugs will eat more than 50 aphids per day. Throughout history, species of biting ants have been used as sutures to close wounds. Blow flies find dead bodies using body… Read More →