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Nylon: A material that is very stretchy. palps: Short armlike structures that a spider uses to feel its way around. prey: An animal that is attacked and eaten by another animal. replica: An exact copy that may be a different size. sac: A baglike container designed to hold something, such as eggs. scent: A strong smell. spiderlings: Baby spiders. spinnerets: The structures on the tail end of a spider that produce silk. spiral: A curved line that starts in the middle and goes around and around, getting further away from the center.
Amazing Insects and Spiders. New York: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2007. Learn about the life cycles of some amazing insects and spiders. Ross, Michael Elsohn. Spiderology. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2000. A close-up view of the world of spiders, including projects that help you learn more about how spiders live – and how scientists find out about them. Solway, Andrew. Deadly Spiders and Scorpions. Chicago: Heinemann-Raintree, 2005. A look at the really scary spiders such as black widows, tarantulas, funnel-web spiders, and their equally venomous close relatives the scorpions.
Did You Know? Spider bites are very rare, though. Most spiders cannot bite you, and even a black widow would rather run away from you if she can. Most spiders are no threat at all, and some people even keep them as pets. indd 29 The big, hairy desert tarantula looks dangerous, but it hardly ever bites and its venom is no more poisonous than a bee sting. 29 1/28/10 2:14:41 PM Glossary abdomen: The soft-skinned, back part of a spider’s body. armor: A tough outer covering that protects the body. code: A secret language that is understood only by those who know how it works.