5 Nov 2018

Eight Legged problems

From Nights, 7:12 pm on 5 November 2018

An acrid-smelling chemical produced by female redback spiders to attract a mate could be key to controlling a trans-Tasman invader that is threatening some of New Zealand’s endangered native insects.

Dr. Cor Vink from Canterbury Museum joins us to tell us more.

The Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii has already invaded parts of New Zealand.

The Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii has already invaded parts of New Zealand. Photo: Image: Bryce McQuillan. All Rights Reserved

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