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June 23, 1900

THE BENEFICENT SPIDER.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1637-1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460250049015

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Abstract

Since the mosquito has been found out and we know that, while masquerading as a mere nuisance, she is a deadly enemy, it is well to take stock of our insect friends that are, in a measure, our protectors from her attacks. It is well known that the dragon-fly is an enemy to mosquitoes, but we have been apt to overlook another less attractive ally. Dr. O'Connell of the British Army calls attention to the usefulness of the despised or hated spider as a protector of mankind against the disease-bearing mosquito. The general opinion held by us of these fellow creatures of ours has been a distinctively unfavorable one. The late Grant Allen, who as a popularizer of natural history, can probably be accepted as a fair exponent of the prevalent views, while claiming for them a very high place among animals with jointed bodies, is quoted as describing them

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