Spiders: The Ultimate Predators

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A. & C. Black, 2008 - Predation (Biology) - 208 pages
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Spiders are the most successful terrestrial predators on earth and we share the planet with at least 40,000. Their success lies in the astonishing array of techniques they use to catch their prey; many are based on the spiders' secret weapon, silk, including the familiar orb-webs. However, not all spiders sit and wait for prey to come to them; there are spiders that lasso insects, others steal from other spiders and some spit sticky silk over their prey. There are fishing spiders, jumping spiders, and spiders that pretend to be ants; some even draw prey to their doom by mimicking moth pheromones. Stephen Dalton's detailed photographs, unswervingly superb and beautiful, chronicle the diversity of the spider world. Chapters are divided along broad ecological themes, with each focusing on different species, their habitats, hunting techniques, ecology and behaviour.

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

Excellent photography and well-written text. Although the majority of the spiders pictured are from the UK and Europe, there are a number of North American spiders shown too. Fascinating if you enjoy spiders. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Stephen Dalton's high-speed wildlife photography has earned him a devoted following among both nature lovers and photographers. He has published fifteen books including Secret Lives, Secret Worlds, Caught in Motion, The Secret Life of a Garden, Vanishing Paradise, At the Water's Edge and The Miracle of Flight.

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