Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Spiders

Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Spiders

by Christopher 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226332253
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 721,376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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 living in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose newspaper and magazine topics range from belly button biodiversity to blue crabs in bath tubs. She received her PhD in entomology from North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents


01 Writing Spider (Argiope aurantia)
02 Barn Spider (Neoscona crucifera)
03 Bowl and Doily Spider (Frontinella communis)
04 Grass Spider (Agelenopsis)
05 Black Widow Spider(Latrodectus)
06 Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)
07 Fishing Spider (Dolomedes spp.)
08 Wolf Spider (Lycosidae)
09 Striped Lynx Spider (Oxyopes salticus)
10 Bold Jumper Spider (Phidippus audax)
11 Zebra Jumper Spider (Salticus scenicus)
12 Ceiling Spider (Cheiracanthium inclusum)
13 Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia)
14 Black Purse-Web Spider (Sphodros niger)

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