VANCOUVER — Think Miley Cyrus, but with a few more legs.
Black widow spiders use jittery, abdominal movements not unlike twerking — the hip-shaking dance move made infamous by Cyrus — to navigate the dangerous world of arachnid mating, according to a newly published study from a team of British Columbia researchers.
Specifically, the vibrations from a “twerking” male black widow tell a female perched on her web that she’s being approached by a potential mate, rather than dinner.
Tokyo (AFP) - A 67-year-old millionairess was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died, in Japan's latest apparent "black widow" case.
SYDNEY, N.S. — A Nova Scotia judge warned the public to be cautious of a 78-year-old woman known as the “Black Widow” as he sentenced her Tuesday to two years and nine months in prison for spiking her newlywed husband’s coffee with tranquilizers while on a honeymoon last fall.
Melissa Ann Shepard, who pleaded guilty Monday to administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessities of life to 76-year-old Fred Weeks, remains a public safety risk, Supreme Court Judge Joseph Kennedy said.
HALIFAX — A trial for the woman dubbed the “Internet Black Widow” is set to begin today in Nova Scotia.
Melissa Ann Shepard faces charges of attempted murder and administering a noxious substance to a man she had recently married.
The 78-year-old woman’s judge-only trial will take place at the provincial Supreme Court in Sydney.
Shepard was charged last October after Fred Weeks of New Glasgow, N.S., fell ill at a bed and breakfast in Cape Breton.
Australia's deadly redback spider has established itself in New Zealand, posing a significant risk to humans as it threatens to colonise major cities, researchers have found.The venomous redback, a relative of the black widow, probably hitched a ride to New Zealand on imported goods from Australia and had established itself at sites on both the North and South Islands, scientists said.The government's AgResearch institute said in a study published this month that the redback had proved more resilient to New Zealand's cold, wet winters than initially expected.