( Latin: Order Araneae)

Spiders are among the animals which some people find unpleasant. Many untrue and misleading stories are told about them, but the truth is that spiders are venomous and that some species can be dangerous to man. This does not however, apply to species living in the temperate parts of Europe.

Spiders play an extremely important part in keeping the populations of certain insects down to a reasonable level. An American spider expert has calculated that in many parts of the world man would have great difficulty in surviving if there were no spiders to keep the insects in check.