The Life of the Spider

by Jean-Henri Fabre Author

(From Amazon): The Spider has a bad name - to most of us, she represents an odious, noxious animal, which every one hastens to crush under foot. Against this summary verdict the observer sets the beast's industry, its talent as a weaver, its wiliness in the chase, its tragic nuptials and other characteristics of great interest. Yes, the Spider is well worth studying, apart from any scientific reasons; but she is said to be poisonous and that is her crime and the primary cause of the repugnance wherewith she inspires us. Poisonous, if by that we understand that the animal is armed with two fangs which cause the immediate death of the little victims which it catches; but there is a wide difference between killing a Midge and harming a man. However immediate in its effects upon the insect entangled in the fatal web, the Spider's poison is not serious for us and causes less inconvenience than a Gnat-bite. That, at least, is what we can safely say as regards the great majority of the! Spiders of our regions.

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University Press of the Pacific


  • 1 The Black-Bellied Tarantula
  • 2 The Banded Epeira
  • 3 The Narbonne Lycosa
  • 4 The Narbonne Lycosa: The Burrow
  • 5 The Narbonne Lycosa: The Family
  • 6 The Narbonne Lycosa: The Climbing-Instinct
  • 7 The Spiders' Exodus
  • 8 The Crab Spider
  • 9 The Garden Spiders: Building the Web
  • 10 The Garden Spiders: My Neighbour
  • 11 The Garden Spiders: The Lime-Snare
  • 12 The Garden Spiders: The Telegraph-Wire
  • 13 The Garden Spiders: Pairing & Hunting
  • 14 The Garden Spiders: The Question of Property
  • 15 The Labyrinth Spider
  • 16 The Clotho Spider
  • 17 The Geometry of the Epeira's Web

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