The World of the Spider

The World of the Spider

Book - 1999
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Spiders are one of the most successful groups of animals on earth. There are almost 38,000 species of spiders, and they are found in every type of environment throughout the world, including seashores, deserts, caves and mountains. The species include the huge, hairy tarantula which lives mostly a subterranean life; the colorful crab spider, which often hides in flowers and may prey on bees or wasps; and the ubiquitous orb weaver, which may rebuild its wheel-shaped web every evening.

Besides exploring these and other tantalizing aspects of spiders, nature writer Adrienne Mason describes the role of spiders in myth and legend. She also examines how spiders are used in scientific research today and how the use of pesticides and loss of habitat are affecting them.

Throughout the book, stunning photographs show beautifully colored spiders on flowers or leaves, gossamer webs shimmering in the sunlight, and close-ups of monstrous-looking spiders. The result is a fascinating look at these creepy yet captivating creatures.

Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, c1999
ISBN: 9781578050444
Characteristics: x, 116 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: The nature of spiders


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