The Ultimate Predators

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Offers an illustrated survey of the predatory techniques of spiders, describes various spider species, and includes tips for photographing spiders.

Firefly Books Ltd

Spiders are the most successful of all terrestrial predators.

Humans share the planet with about 40,000 known species of the remarkable creatures called spiders. From mountaintops to seashores and from ponds to deserts, spiders are likely to be nearby.

Stephen Dalton 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.

Although spiders have an image problem, many of these intriguing creatures are actually not at all creepy. The jumping spiders, by far the most numerous single group, have, some might say, an almost cuddly appearance.

Spiders features spectacular photographs that are extraordinary in their detail. Chapters provide information on habitat, hunting techniques, anatomy, general characteristics and location in the world and include:

  • Nocturnal hunters
  • Trappers: orderly webs
  • Daylight visual hunters
  • Trappers: disorderly webs
  • Jumping spiders
  • Tunnel-web builders
  • Ambushers and lurkers
  • Nonconformists.

There is also a guide to photographing spiders.

Sure to be a hit with nature buffs and general readers, Spiders: The Ultimate Predators documents some spider behavior never recorded previously.

An exceptionally well-illustrated study of spiders and how they hunt by celebrated nature photographer. Chapters provide information on habitat, hunting techniques, anatomy, general characteristics as well as a guide to photographing spiders.

Book News
This 9x11.5" coffee table reference features detailed, high-quality color photos on every page, illustrating information on the array of techniques spiders use for catching their prey. Chapters are divided according to the type of predator rather than by family or habitat, and provide information on habitat, hunting techniques, anatomy, general characteristics, and location. The spiders covered are the most important families common to both northern Europe and North America, plus a few that thrive on one continent but not the other. There book also includes a guide to photographing spiders. Dalton is a pioneer of high-speed wildlife photography and the author of 15 books. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781554073467
Branch Call Number: 595.44 DALTO
Characteristics: 208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 29 cm


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