The Life of the Spider

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THE LIFE OF THE
SPIDER

BY
J. HENRI FABRE


TRANSLATED BY
Alexander Teixeira de Mattos
FELLOW OF THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON
With a Preface by Maurice Maeterlinck


BLUE RIBBON BOOKS, INC.
NEW YORK CITY

Copyright, 1912
BY DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY


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Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

PAGE
PREFACE: THE INSECT'S HOMER, BY MAURICE MAETERLINCK 7
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE 36
CHAPTER
I THE BLACK-BELLIED TARANTULA 39
II THE BANDED EPEIRA 78
III THE NARBONNE LYCOSA 105
IV THE NARBONNE LYCOSA: THE BURROW 125
V THE NARBONNE LYCOSA: THE FAMILY 153
VI THE NARBONNE LYCOSA: THE CLIMBING-INSTINCT 171
VII THE SPIDER'S EXODUS 187
VIII THE CRAB SPIDER 213

CHAPTER PAGE
IX THE GARDEN SPIDERS: BUILDING THE WEB 228
X THE GARDEN SPIDERS: MY NEIGHBOUR 248
XI THE GARDEN SPIDERS: THE LIME-SNARE 272
XII THE GARDEN SPIDERS: THE TELEGRAPH-WIRE 282
XIII THE GARDEN SPIDERS: PAIRING AND HUNTING 296
XIV THE GARDEN SPIDERS: THE QUESTION OF PROPERTY 317
XV THE LABYRINTH SPIDER 330
XVI THE CLOTHO SPIDER 360
APPENDIX: THE GEOMETRY OF THE EPEIRA's WEB 383