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The Lives of Spiders

The Lives of Spiders

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Author: Dr.Ximena Nelson

Insects (entomology) | Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders

Published on 4th June 2024 by Princeton University Press in the United States as part of 'The Lives of the Natural World' series.

Hardback | 288 pages, 150 colour illus.
241mm x 191mm |

A beautifully illustrated guide to the natural history and breathtaking diversity of spiders around the worldSpiders are dominant predators in virtually every terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. A marvel of evolution with species numbering in the tens of thousands, they have been walking the earth since before the dinosaurs. Spiders manipulate the silk strands of their webs to act as a sensory field, which vibrates across wide frequencies that they can read in detail, while young spiders spin silk lines that interact with the electrical fields in the atmosphere, enabling them to balloon across huge distances. Some spiders even gather in groups to impersonate ants in astonishing displays of collective mimicry. The Lives of Spiders explores these and other wonders, blending stunning imagery, lively writing, and the latest science to explore the natural history of the world’s diverse arachnid life.

Features a wealth of color illustrationsSheds invaluable light on the life history, ecology, and stunning diversity of spidersCovers silk and web building, venoms, predators and prey, mating and dancing, spider cognition, and much moreDiscusses the impacts of human activity on spiders

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