Hooray for…tarantulas?

A trending story right now that features giant spiders? Sign me up!

A group of Australian researchers just published a report in PLoS describing their findings that a peptide isolated from tarantula venom could be used as an oral insecticide. You can read the article for yourself here:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0073136

Or you may hear about it on NPR, the morning news, or read it on any number of sources on the interwebs. Pretty cool! The spider used in the study was Selenotypus plumipes, which looks like this:

Category(s): Entomology

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