Today, there was a book fair at school. Max took his wallet and bought a Scholastic book called "Spiders", which is VERY informative and interesting. I just read it to him for his bedtime story. Max is crazy about insects and other small creatures, especially since he was bitten by a spider a few years ago. VERY painful bite, but Max was so excited that it was almost a great experience for him. The spider in question was a turquoise beauty, and Max thought it would give him magical powers. It probably did!
In the book Max brought home, there is a small section on camouflage and colouring, explaining that brightly coloured spiders are avoided by predators because their colouring warns of a bad taste.
"So, Max." I said, with the most serious expression I could muster, "You must never, never eat a brightly coloured spider. They taste terrible."
"Mummy! I have NEVER! Eaten a spider!!" cried Max, incredulously. He looked at me as if you say, "You can't be serious."
"That's good" I said. "You never know. Better to avoid them altogether."
Max says that I should certainly not eat spiders AT. ALL. I think that is good advice for all of us.