"I have never warmed much to spiders . . . [they] are too creepy . . . Well, I'm wrong and this book has changed my mind. Spiders are tops. . . . One is tempted to think there is no such thing as a dull spider."
-- British Wildlife
"The hair-raising factor will attract even arachnophobic teens."
Spiders provides information on habitat, hunting techniques, anatomy, general characteristics and location of spiders, the most successful of all terrestrial predators in the world. Stephen Dalton has chosen to focus on spiders' hunting methods and provides fascinating information on the astonishing array of techniques spiders use for catching their prey: trapping in webs, lassoing, jumping, stealing, chasing, ambushing, spitting, fishing, masquerading as other animals and even attracting prey
by mimicking the prey's pheromones.
The spiders are grouped by their method of hunting:
Nocturnal hunters Trappers: orderly webs Daylight: visual hunters Trappers: disorderly webs Jumping spiders Tunnel-web builders Ambushers and lurkers Nonconformists.
Dalton's spectacular photographs are extraordinary in their detail, and some of them document spider behavior never recorded previously. He also gives expert guidance on photographing spiders.
Thoroughly enjoyable and educational
Having noticed an unusual number of spiders around my house this summer, I became curious about the little creatures. I was looking for a book that would give me an overview of different types of spiders, and enough information about their life-cycles to answer most of my questions. This book did both, and the photography was an extra bonus. It’s obvious that the author really enjoys the subject, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Note that this book covers mostly European and North American species. If you live elsewhere this might not be the right book for you.