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The Battle of the Web

Based on true events

I have been saved by Mr. Spider. As a damsel in distress, I looked on in fearful agony as a devious intruder entered my web. The callous creature of spider-kind! The devious doer of mischief! He dared to enter my domain! But he was no match for the illustrious Mr. Spider who, immediately upon beholding him, left my side and rushed upon the culprit like a thundering giant charging a squeaking mouse. There followed a tremendous battle with the two warriors leg to leg, each lunging at the other, their fangs outstretched to pierce, the sharpened points flashing brilliantly in the sunlight. With the utmost fascination and relish I watched their tumultuous struggle, for such events occur seldomly during my life. All the while, though, I was cheering my heroic champion and deriding his enemy who was now bowed beneath his strength. Finally, he relaxed his defence, and there was a flash of jaws and he crumpled up in torment and tumbled down through the hairs of the web. With a jerk he landed upon a catch-web which I had woven beneath. Then he crawled sulkily away, humiliated in defeat, in the pain of his wound, and in the dejection of his failure. Then, my knight in shining armour returned to me unscathed. A glorious victory was his!

Spider
Order Aranea

There are many different groups of spiders. There are Orb Web Spiders which weave the stereotypical webs, Funnel Weavers which make webs like tunnels, Cybaeid Spiders which live in water and use their webs to trap air-bubbles. There are also Funnel-web Spiders who have jaws which only move up and down, unlike other spiders who's jaws can also move side to side, Dwarf Spiders which do not exceed a length of 1 centimetre, and many others. Some do not even make webs, like the Jumping Spiders, and it is one of these who takes the distinguished position of being the only known vegetarian spider. This spider eats parts of the Acacia Tree in Central America and is known as Bagheera kiplingi. There are also spiders which spit to capture prey and spiders with six eyes. These  eight-legged predators live in every terrestrial habitat, and are a very useful control for insects of all shapes and sizes.

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