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Ask Dr. Universe: How do spiders make silk?
October 4, 2016

Dr-Universe-230MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Spiders can do some amazing things with their sticky, stretchy and super-strong silk. We cats are pretty curious about these little silk-spinning machines, too.

WSU scientist: Dreaded spider doesn’t live here
June 18, 2013

brown recluse

This brown recluse floating in an alcohol-filled vial came from the southern United States.
(Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)



WSU entomologist
Richard Zack. It’s a
myth that brown
recluses live in the
Northwest, he says.

PULLMAN, Wash. – We’ve all seen them — brown recluse spiders scuttling in the bathtub, scurrying in the tool shed or spinning a web under the porch light.

That is, we think we’ve seen them.

Contrary to what many people believe, the brown recluse, or Loxosceles reclusa, … » More …

Experts offer multilevel bug defense
October 16, 2008


Photo: WSU Spokane Extension Master Gardeners Levi Strauss, left, Wayne Green and Brigitta ozefowski discuss a strategy for dealing with a caterpillar outbreak. (Photo courtesy of WSU Extension Spokane)


By Robert Frank, WSU Today


Spiders and beetles and flies. Oh my!


Eggs and bugs in my food! Oh yuk!


‘Tis fall, and along with a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, the autumn temperatures also can usher in a multitude of bugs and critters. These insects thrive in the surrounding fields, trees, soil and grass, … » More …