This latest installment in the popular Strange and Wonderful series introduces readers to spider species from all over the world--from the common garden spider to the elusive black widow. Pringle's comprehensive, lively, and informative text includes an overview of the many thousands of species in the world and describes spiders' habitats, physiology, mating habits, web-making, what and how they eat, and how they protect themselves from predators. It also explores why people are so frightened by spiders and shows that those fears are largely unfounded. Accompanied by Meryl Henderson's beautiful and illuminating paintings, this book perfectly hits the mark for budding entomologists. Includes a glossary, index, and further resources.