2018, 328 pages, color photographs. Amazing Arachnids is a richly
illustrated and up-close look at the lives of spiders and other
arachnids. It features an engaging text, and color photos of over
300 types of arachnids from eleven taxonomic orders.
The American Southwest is home to all but one arachnid order,
providing the opportunity to document the natural history of
arachnids in general. This book covers all aspects of arachnid
biology, including anatomy, sociality, mimicry, camouflage, venoms
and more. You will meet bolas spiders that lure their victims with
fake moth pheromones, fishing spiders that woo their mates with
silk-wrapped gifts, chivalrous cellar spiders, tiny mites, and
massive tarantulas, as well as many others. Along the way, you will
learn why arachnids are living fossils in some respects and nimble
opportunists in others, and how natural selection has perfected
their sensory structures, defense mechanisms, reproductive
strategies, and hunting methods.
- Covers more than 300 different kinds of arachnids, including
ones new to science
- Features more than 750 stunning color photos
- Describes all aspects of arachnid biology, from physiology
- Illustrates courtship and mating, birth, maternal care,
hunting, and defense
- Includes never-before-seen images of the underground lives
of schizomids and vinegaroons
- Provides the first organized guide to macroscopic mites,
including photos of living mites for easy reference
Paperback; 4-1/2 x 7-1/4".
Jillian Cowles is a clinical microbiologist, naturalist, and
photographer. Her photographs have appeared in numerous books and
publications, including The Bees in Your Backyard
#3911, Bugs Rule!
displays, art exhibits, and murals.