Life of the Spider [SCM]

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, I agree, 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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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
4th - 6th
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


  • 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 and Hunting
  • 14 The Labyrinth Spider
  • 15 The Clotho Spider
  • 16 Appendix: Geometry of the Epeira's Web

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