Tarantulas turning up across state

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Every year about this time male desert tarantulas emerge from burrows and crevices in search of a perfect mate. About the size of a human hand — counting their eight long, hairy legs, they traverse roads and fields in a mad dash to reproduce. “They’re basically pretty harmless. They’ll mate, [...]

Spider answer, a tangled web in local area

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor They may seem like the creepy things that Halloween stories are made of — but according to entomologists, spiders usually do much more good than harm. According to long-held Halloween-related legend, spiders, bats and owls, being nocturnal were said to speak with the devil at night (see page 1B for [...]