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Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat. South American Goliath birdeater. Credit: Associated Press "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider. PHOTOS: Fish-Eating Spiders Found Around the World Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa...

Alarm Over Fate of Monarch Butterfly

MEXICO CITY - The migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico is threatened by the use of pesticides that have reduced food sources for their epic journey, Mexican experts warned Tuesday. Credit: Associated Press The orange-and-black butterflies consume milkweed as they fly across the United States on their way to their winter grounds in the forests of central and western Mexico. But the availability of the plant has "fallen considerably" due to the heavy use of pesticides in Canadian and US soybean and corn fields, said Luis Fueyo Mac Donald, the commissioner of the National Protected Areas of Mexico. The monarch butterfly population was the lowest in 20 years during the...