The Life of the Spider HTML version

{1} A small or moderate-sized spider found among foliage.—Translator’s Note.
{2} Léon Dufour (1780-1865) was an army surgeon who served with distinction in
several campaigns and subsequently practised as a doctor in the Landes. He attained
great eminence as a naturalist.—Translator’s Note.
{3} The Tarantula is a Lycosa, or Wolf-spider. Fabre’s Tarantula, the Black-bellied
Tarantula, is identical with the Narbonne Lycosa, under which name the description is
continued in Chapters iii. to vi., all of which were written at a considerably later date than
the present chapter.—Translator’s Note.
{4} Giorgio Baglivi (1669-1707), professor of anatomy and medicine at Rome.—
Translator’s Note.
{5} ‘When our husbandmen wish to catch them, they approach their hiding-places, and
play on a thin grass pipe, making a sound not unlike the humming of bees. Hearing
which, the Tarantula rushes out fiercely that she may catch the flies or other insects of
this kind, whose buzzing she thinks it to be; but she herself is caught by her rustic
{6} Provençal for the bit of waste ground on which the author studies his insects in the
natural state.—Translator’s note.
{7} ‘Thanks to the Bumble-bee.’
{8} Like the Dung-beetles.—Translator’s Note.
{9} Like the Solitary Wasps.—Translator’s Note.
{10} Such as the Hairy Ammophila, the Cerceris and the Languedocian Sphex, Digger-
wasps described in other of the author’s essays.—Translator’s Note.
{11} The desnucador, the Argentine slaughterman whose methods of slaying cattle are
detailed in the author’s essay entitled, The Theory of Instinct.—Translator’s Note.
{12} A family of Grasshoppers.—Translator’s Note.
{13} A genus of Beetles.—Translator’s Note.
{14} A species of Digger-wasp.—Translator’s Note.