WORLD OF THE SPIDER
Francisco : Sierra Club Books, c1999.
comes to mind when you think of predators in nature? (Pause for responses)
No one mentioned spiders, yet they are one of natureís most formidable
predators. With close to 38,000 known species (compared to 4,000
species of mammals) itís hard to avoid spiders. There are undoubtedly
at least several in this classroom, all looking for prey.
The World of the Spider introduces you to the major species of spiders.
These are a few of my favorites. The Australian redback widow spider (p.
18) devours her mate while they are mating. Spiders, like the black-and-yellow
argiope use their webs to capture prey (p. 8), and can build a web within
a day of hatching. What could you do a day after birth? Some spiders
are even quite cute. Take a look at the adorable jumping spider (p.
14). Donít kill that spiderólook at him closely and see if heís featured
in The World of the Spider. (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross
High School, San Antonio, TX 78228 <email@example.com>)
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