‘Spider man’ puts his spin on career options
SPIDER fans enjoyed a treat on Monday when leading Australian arachnologist Robert Whyte visited the Manjimup library.
Mr Whyte spoke to children and adults about spiders, how to catch them and the possibility of discovering new species.
“To think there’s only about 4000 discovered species when there could be as many as another 16,000 to be discovered,” he said.
“At your age, you could become spider specialists and get to discover and name new species.”
Mr Whyte also talked about his book, A Field Guide to Spiders in Australia.
“I didn’t know anything about spiders 10 years ago but when I did get interested, I wondered why there was no big book of spiders, so I wrote it because I’m a writer,” he said.
The event was one of five Mr Whyte has in the region and also kicked off the school holiday activities at the Manjimup library.
In addition to a presentation by Mr Whyte, the 11.30am to 2pm event also included a book display, various spider-themed arts and crafts, activity sheets, spider-themed cupcakes and face-painting.
Xavier, 5, and Imogen Jacob, 8, get a hands-on demonstration of spider catching with leading Australian arachnologist Robert Whyte outside the Manjimup library on Monday.