‘Spi­der man’ puts his spin on ca­reer op­tions

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

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.

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