Be alert for a fancy spider web stretched across a pathit's the trap of a hungry orb weaver! In this book, you will learn how orb weavers are similar to and different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about the spider's body both inside and out. And a hands-on activity will give you an idea of how the orb weaver can detect prey caught in its web. Learn more about this fascinating member of nature's Arachnid World.
About the Author
Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant.
Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist.
Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links.
Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.
Table of Contents
An Arachnid's World 4
Outside and Inside 6
Becoming Adults 10
Spinning for a Living 12
Catching Fast Food 20
Straining Dinner 24
Mating Signals 28
The Cycle Continues 32
ORB Weavers and Other Trap-Building Spiders 40
Digging Deeper 44
ORB Weaver Activity 46