. The animal creation: a popular introduction to zoology. Zoology. 190 AEACIINIDA.. Fig. IMany make nets composed of regular meslies, and spread them in favourable situations to entrap their victims ; while some species, enveloping their eggs in bags of curious construction, carry them about at- tached to their bodies, J^' ATS4 '^W<"- ^^'^ defend them with ^ M% '^^ "^^^^ utmost courage and ^'^^ pertinacity. Even in water these webs are turned to many sin- gular uses: and ropes, nets, and even diving- bells are at the dis- posal of aquatic species, furnished with this ex- traordin

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. The animal creation: a popular introduction to zoology. Zoology. 190 AEACIINIDA.. Fig. IMany make nets composed of regular meslies, and spread them in favourable situations to entrap their victims ; while some species, enveloping their eggs in bags of curious construction, carry them about at- tached to their bodies, J^' ATS4 '^W<"- ^^'^ defend them with ^ M% '^^ "^^^^ utmost courage and ^'^^ pertinacity. Even in water these webs are turned to many sin- gular uses: and ropes, nets, and even diving- bells are at the dis- posal of aquatic species, furnished with this ex- traordin
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. The animal creation: a popular introduction to zoology. Zoology. 190 AEACIINIDA.. Fig. IMany make nets composed of regular meslies, and spread them in favourable situations to entrap their victims ; while some species, enveloping their eggs in bags of curious construction, carry them about at- tached to their bodies, J^' ATS4 '^W<"- ^^'^ defend them with ^ M%\ '^^ "^^^^ utmost courage and ^'^^ pertinacity. Even in water these webs are turned to many sin- gular uses: and ropes, nets, and even diving- bells are at the dis- posal of aquatic species, furnished with this ex- traordinary spinning machinery. Spiders are divided into the following families, each of which Avill require our notice :— The Mouse Spiders {Mi/gah)* In these the eyes are always placed at the anterior margin of the cephalo- thorax, and generally close together. Their palpi and their feet are very robust. They are generally fiu-nished with four spinnarets, with which they fabricate silken tubes, that serve for their habitations; they are some- times found under stones or under the bark of trees, or hidden between leaves tied together. To this crroup belongs the celebrated Bird Spider 'Mygole avicii- laria],the body of wliich is upwards of an inch and a half in length. It manufactures its tube of a tis&ue so strong and dense, that it re- sembles wliite muslin, and carries its eggs in a cocoon of the same material, as large as a walnut. That these formidable creatures are able to kill and live upon birds, as their name indicates, has been disputed. The question has now, however, been set at rest. Mr. H. "\V. Bates, who for many years had an opportmiity of observing their habits on the Amazon, writes as follows:—" In the month of June, 1849, in the neighbourhood of Cameta, I was 149.—SPIXNIXG APPARATUS OF THE SPIDER. (^ Greatly magiiified.) p.vyaXr], mygalc, a field-mouse.. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digital

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