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Hunting for butterfly eggs is a difficult business. Not only because they are vanishingly small but because the female of the species attaches them almost exclusively to the underside of leaves.
Without spiders, we would be literally suffocated out of existence, if not actually eaten alive, by all manner of bugs.
The unsuspecting visitor to the flat-lying, sandy-stony wastelands of the Mediterranean region would probably take very little notice of a common ‘weed’ with long runners and heart-shaped, serrated leaves.
If a car manufacturer were to succeed in somehow making the same material as the outer skeleton of the humble stag beetle—its ‘armour-plating’—he'd be a multi-millionaire overnight!
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