Sociality in spiders is quite rare, but a new species found in Madagascar takes it a step further. Isoxya manangona kite spiders build large colonies of webs, all connected by a central silk line where multiple adult males gather harmoniously. Researchers suggest the males could be “lekking,” gathering in a group to perform mating displays for females, a behavior never before seen in spiders.
Diverse genus of ground beetles inhabiting island volcanoes reaches 241 species with two discovered at National Ecological Observatory Network's Pu'u Maka'ala Natural Area Reserve.
Researchers have split the medically important American dog tick into two species: the existing Dermacentor variabilis in eastern states and the newly described Dermacentor similis west of the Rocky Mountains.
Found nowhere else in the world, the soybean gall midge has arisen as a concerning pest of soybean in the north central United States. With much yet to learn about this new species, a new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management presents growers and IPM professionals with current knowledge on the emergent pest's biology and options for management.
A study of Loxosceles spiders in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan documents two new species, one of which the researchers have named for Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.