"For many people, long-legged spiders, blood-sucking ticks and venomous scorpions are the stuff of nightmares but to others they are a source of constant fascination. Arachnids dispels common myths and misconceptions to reveal the truth about these weird, wonderful and often beautiful creatures.The biology, ecology and behaviour of each order is explored and illustrated through many interesting facts, stunning photography and line drawings. Discover the ritual ‚€˜dance‚€™ of scorpion courtship, the mite species which can be found living in monkey lungs, and the thoughtful spider that actually regurgitates food to feed its young. With additional information on the pet trade, conservation and breeding arachnids in captivity, this accessible reference will appeal to amateur naturalists and arachnid enthusiasts alike. Janet Beccaloni is the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum, London. She is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society.
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