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The Private Life of Spiders - Paul Hillyard

The Private Life of Spiders

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This is a reformatted, redesigned edition of this popular title. Spiders: hairy, scary monstrosities, or just another animal trying to make a living? With over 100 different families and 40,000 individual species, spiders are among the most successful creatures on the planet. They live almost everywhere, from the Arctic tundra to equatorial rainforest, and come in a diverse range of shapes and sizes, from the tiny Patu digua measuring less than half a millmetre to the immense chicken-eating spider, which can reach a span of 28 cms (11 inches)! Many species of spider live in close promixity to man, which partly explains the ambivalence - or even fear - that many people feel for them.

The Private Life of Spiders looks at arachnids in a new way, shedding light on the fascinating lives of these complex and highly adaptable creatures. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, author Paul Hillyard lifts the lid on the complex world of spiders, from their hunting strategies and amazing web-spinning skills to their extraordinary courtship displays and devoted care for their young.

Written in an engaging, educational and thought-provoking style, the book also explains why people are scared of spiders, why such fear is generally misplaced, and why we should be doing more to look after endangered spider species.

Background to spiders
Spiders that hunt
Spiders that build webs
Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders
The Silk Factory
Mating and Breeding
The Use of Venom
Social Spiders
Spiders and Humans
Further Reading

ISBN: 9781847738738
ISBN-10: 1847738737
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 5th June 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 19.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.774
Edition Number: 1