by Paul Hillyard
Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, author Paul Hillyard
lifts the lid on the complex world of spiders, from their hunting strategies and amazing web- spinning skills to their extraordinary courtship displays and devoted care for their young.
Written in an engaging, educational and thought-provoking style, The book also explains why people are scared of spiders, why such fear is generally misplaced, and why we should be doing more to look after endangered spider species
Paul Hillyard is a former curator at London's Natural History Museum.
is a true spider devotee, and he
cheerfully informs us that there is no escape from his
subject. . . . The Private Life of Spiders is a stroll through their largely hidden world, highlighting the most spectacular, unusual, and instructive of the eight-legged brethren.
After a brief overview of spider evolution and biology, Hillyard
launches into the meat of his
subject-a sweeping overview of spider diversity, commencing with those species whose habits and bodies are the most primitive, and culminating with those paragons of arachnid evolution, the elegant orb-weavers"