Illustration of woman in bath scared of large spider, by Graham Humphreys
Spiders inspire fear like few other animals. Rob Dunn reveals their fascinating survival tactics, the science behind our fear and whether a true arachnophobe can be cured. 
In the American desert, where resources are scarce, honeypot ants wage war without end. Rob Dunn asks if we can draw parallels between ant and human conflict.
If you’re serious about looking at insects in close-up, a binocular microscope is essential. Richard Jones puts some affordable models through their paces.
On test: Hand lenses spread
If you’re hankering to get into bugs or botany, the kit you require is cheap and easy to use. Richard Jones tests the best hand lenses on the market.
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