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Are spiders insects? Where are spiders usually found? What do spiders eat? How long can a spider live?
Spiders are not insects. Spiders are members of a large category of animals called Arthropoda. Phylum Arthropoda includes the following groups:
It is often said that 'spiders can be found everywhere'. You may find a much greater variety of spiders if you know their ecological niche and make a special effort to look for them there, e.g. at neglected corners of houses, on tree trunks, under bridges, stilted buildings, fallen logs and stones or on the edges of streams, ponds and mangrove swamps. All spiders are predators and eat only live food. Spiders readily accept grasshoppers and other insects, or smaller spiders. The life span of spider varies from species to species.
For further information, please refer to the books below:
|Spiders and Their Kin (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press|
|National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders|
|Biology of Spiders|
|The Very Busy Spider Board Book|
|Spiders by Gail Gibbons|
|How To Know the Spiders|
|The Spider and the Fly|
|The Anatomy of Insects and Spiders - Over 600 Exquisite Forms|
Another book: A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh Singapore Science Centre (1989).
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