Eugene Laverty, aboard his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000, led the field today as the first day of World Superbike testing got underway at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, site of the first race of the 2014 season. Under sunny skies and perfect weather conditions, Laverty adapted quickly to his new ride after spending last […]
Ducati: World’s Fastest Spider?
According to a report in The Vancouver Sun, a fast little spider was recently discovered in the high-elevation Flathead Valley of southeastern British Columbia.
Measuring only three millimeters in length, the Apostenus ducati is so small and fast it is nearly impossible to catch, says Robb Bennett, the Royal B.C. research associate responsible for helping name the arachnid. A motorcyclist who prefers BMWs and Nortons, Bennett says the Ducati name seemed more appropriate than nortoni.
Apostenus ducati was discovered during the 2012 BioBlitz, an effort supported by environmental groups to document small species. Seventy-one spider species were recorded during the BioBlitz, 14 of which are considered significant finds, but only one was named after a significant motorcycle marque.