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Florida's Fabulous Spiders Paperback – September 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Serv; 3 Revised edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091197721X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911977219
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, it's your first visit to Florida? You take your drink (with or without the tiny umbrella) out to the veranda and, while admiring the palm trees and tropical breezes you look up, and notice... hey, what is that? A spider web 15 feet across?! And, what's that huge leggy thing in the center?! Shades of Bilbo Baggins; it must be one of Shelob's off-spring! Or, if you're of that younger generation and into Harry Potter, it may be an agramantula! Welcome to the tropics, where the some spiders actually do catch and eat the birds. You've probably just met your first golden orb weaver (a.k.a. the banana spider, although they aren't "quite" that large).

This book's team of authors and editors have assembled a book full of large and gorgeous color photographs, detailed life histories, and helpful identification tips about some of Florida's most under-appreciated wildlife. If you are new to Florida, your first encounter with the three-inch long golden orb weaver hanging in a web that might be more than twelve-feet across can be quiet a shock. Or, how about when a huge black scorpion marched across the carpet between you and the TV, apparently looking for your cat.

Well, help is at hand. This inexpensive book is colorful and entertaining enough to hold almost anyone's interest, and the authors make a sincere effort to dispel the unwarranted fears that many people have about spiders and their relatives.

If you are a long-time Florida resident, but with a new interest in spiders, this book's superb photography simplifies identification of the truly dangerous, and tells you where to find them, how to get the less desireable species to look elsewhere for a homestead, and introduces you to the multitude of beneficial spider species.
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One of the authors, Dr. G. B. Edwards is curator of Arachnids and Myriapods at the Florida Division of Plant Industry. He is a well-known expert on the Salticidae (jumping spiders). This book also includes many outstanding macro photos of spiders by Pete Carmichael. The text is carefully written and edited by people who really know spiders well (unlike many popular books!). This is an excellent introduction to the major groups of spiders for people of all ages.
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I'm laughing as I write this review because no other member of my family would EVER purchase an illustrated book of SPIDERS! 'Illustrated' this one certainly is with magnificent photos of beauty to awe. Finally I have the answer to the name of the multi-colored spider who's family, during the long FL summer months, claim dominion o'er my back yard. Grateful that it is not one which can poison me but merely delight my visual yearnings.
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I should have known this little book was not a field guide when I saw the (low) price. Still, it's a nice coffee table book and does have pictures and a brief write-up on many Florida Spiders. It left me wanting to know more, maybe three times as much, about each species.
My guess is that the author intended the book for children, not aging naturalists such as myself.
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Wonderful illustrations and simple enough for me to identify what has been hanging around my pool cage and dock. ;-) I love it, spiders are not bad, can be a little scary so a girl just has to get to know them and then decide to leave them be (or not). ;-)

Would be a great gift idea even for a child or young adult.
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I gave it a 4 out of 5 because although it did not cover all the spiders (not the one I was looking for) all the ones covered were very thorough! Great book everyone can enjoy. Lot of good info. Great pictures.
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