The Kaspari Lab

Category: Grassland Invertebrates


Herbivores like a little salt with their protein

When offered grassland plots fertilized with Nitrogen+Phosphorus, Sodium, or both, above and belowground invertebrates respond to salt differently.

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New PostDoc to study Geographical Ecology of prairie food webs

A new NSF DEB grant to Mike Kaspari and Nate Sanders supports a 3-year postdoc who will join us to explore the Geographical Ecology of invertebrate plant consumers across North American grasslands, meadows, and roadways. Our focus is on the…

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Know Your Grassland Invertebrates: The Cobweb Spiders

An occasional series by AntLab Parataxonomist: Brittany Benson Theridiidae – Cobweb Spiders, or Comb-Footed Spiders Have a comb of serrated setae on the fourth tibiae (these are used to draw out and fling silk when attacking).  Also, typically have a round…

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Know Your Grassland Invertebrates: The Checkered Beetles

  An occasional series by AntLab Parataxonomist: Brittany Benson Cleridae – Checkered Beetles With more than 3,500 species in 330 genera worldwide, about 300 species in 36 genera occur in North America, being more diverse in the south.  They have a…

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Know Your Grassland Invertebrate: The Leafhoppers

An occasional series by AntLab Parataxonomist: Brittany Benson Cicadellidae Hind tibiae with 1 or more rows of small spines – this is the main thing separating this family from the other Cicadoidea families. Commonly called leafhoppers, there are about 3,000 North…

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