Dr. Eleanor's Book Of Common Spiders

Paperback | June 30, 2017

byChristopher M. Buddle, Eleanor Spicer Rice

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Spiders have a problem, and it’s us. Despite their magnificent talents for crafting webs, capturing mosquitoes, and camouflage, for millennia arachnophobia has hampered our ability to appreciate these eight-legged and -eyed marvels.

No longer! In this witty, accessible, and beautifully illustrated guide, Christopher M. Buddle and Eleanor Spicer Rice metamorphose creepy-crawly revulsion into spider wonder. Emerging from ambitious citizen science project Your Wild Life (an initiative based at North Carolina State University), Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Spiders provides an eye-opening arachnological overview of the natural history of species most noted by project participants, showcasing some of the fascinating spiders found in our attics and tents, front lawns and forests—and even introducing us to spiders that fish. Exploring species from the tiny (but gymnastic) zebra jumping spider to the naturally shy and woefully misunderstood black widow, this guide will be a tremendous resource for teachers, students, and scientists alike. But more than this, it will transform the way we perceive the environment around us by deepening our understanding of its littlest inhabitants, inspiring all of us to find our inner naturalist, get outside, and crawl across the dirt—magnifying glass in hand.

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Spiders have a problem, and it’s us. Despite their magnificent talents for crafting webs, capturing mosquitoes, and camouflage, for millennia arachnophobia has hampered our ability to appreciate these eight-legged and -eyed marvels. No longer! In this witty, accessible, and beautifully illustrated guide, Christopher M. Buddle and Elean...

Christopher M. Buddle is associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Science at McGill University, where he studies the biodiversity of spiders and insects. Eleanor Spicer Rice (www.verdantword.com) is an entomologist and writer.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 30, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022633225X

ISBN - 13:9780226332253

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“Spicer Rice makes complex topics easy to understand with minimal jargon. The species descriptions seem like stories about eccentric and entertaining relatives.”