History of spider program set

Published 9:26 am Thursday, March 21, 2019

Have you ever walked smack into one of those sticky spider webs strung across your path … horrified that an arachnid might be sitting in that web awaiting its prey?

Spiders, creepy, crawly predators — with hairy bodies, too many eyes, and fangs.

Or do spiders bring to mind a beneficial creature that minds its own business, but is ever present around your home and flaunting its silky web artistry?

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Bring your curiosity and questions to the Central Piedmont Virginia Master Naturalist 2019 Community program: “Observations of a Spider Watcher.”

Dr. William Shear, Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus from Hampden-Sydney College, will present an introduction to the natural history of spiders.

Dr. Shear holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and has done extensive international field work in arachnology and with arthropod fossils. He is published in innumerable periodicals and books, has contributed to several important National Geographic films, has presented many talks around the world and currently has multiple works in progress within his field.

Join us Tuesday, April 2, in the meeting room of the Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library, 1303 W. Third St., Farmville, for this informative program about one of our most fascinating species. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.