. The book of bugs. Spiders. 149 tiful, milk-white spider with the crimson trimmings has a little runt of a husband that goes about in plain brown, with dark markings, and he is lucky to be alive. As a rule, in spider-land the males are undersized. They don't last long. It is a kind of a hard world for he- spiders. Imagine how it would be if a man's wife w^ere thirteen hundred times as big as he was. He would have to take all her im- p u d e n c e and back-talk without a whimper. I'm glad I'm not a spider—at least, not a he-spider. When he goes courting, his girl treats him meaner than a dog.