This is a second-hand copy of the book The Silken Web - A Natural History of Australian Spiders by Bert Brunet.
Condition: This is a used book in very good condition. A previous owner has written their name on the title page - see photos.
Publisher: Reed New Holland Year: 1994 ISBN: 9781876334277 Format: Softback Pages: 208 Condition: Used (Very Good)
Spiders have found their way into our legends and folklore and human study. They are different in structure and habit than any other creature we care to name. Overwhelming fear is often associated with spiders. "The Silken Web a natural history of Australian Spiders" demands a new approach to the subject, revealing the fascinating use of silk and the wonderful role spiders play in nature. The conventional laws of nature seem to be challenged by spiders. Heads, as we know them, are non-existent, eyes are over-abundant, mouths are well-hidden and torsos are uniquely divided and set upon eight legs. Spiders' silk can be stretched to over twenty percent of its original length before breaking. The engineering feats of spiders are amazing. With mathematical ingenuity, the spider uses its legs, spinnerets, and the swing of its abdomen to construct the silken snare with marvelous precision. Problem-solving outside the usual routine is strongly evident during web construction and is often demonstrated in the skillful handling of large prey. Author Bert Brunet presents the history and biology of Australia's most commonly encountered spiders; to identify them and understand their ways. His superb photographs and intricate line drawings depict many rare observations of spider behavior. With the publication of this book, there may be far fewer spiders stomped upon, but rather a growing appreciation of their vital role in the natural world.
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