Bird-eating spiders and tarantulas, Surinam, 1775-1781.

Bird-eating spiders and tarantulas, Surinam, 1775-1781.
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actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Hand-coloured engraving showing: 1) & 2) large spiders (Aranea aricularia Linn), one of which is eating a hummingbird; 3) hunting spider; 4) large ant and 5) its larva; 6) winged ant. Illustration from 'Premiere [-seconde] centurie de planches enluminEes et non enluminEes representant au naturel ce qui se trouve de plus interessant et de plus curieux parmi les animaux, les vegetaux et les mineraux, pour servir d'intelligence A l'Histoire generale des trois regnes de la nature'. This work on the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms of nature, by Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807), was published in Paris between 1775 and 1781.

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