2014.06.13【英译中】不要伤害蜘蛛

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Spare that spider 不要伤害蜘蛛


Why, you may wonder, should spiders be our friends? Because they destroy so many insects, and insects include some of the greatest enemies of the human race.

你可能会很好奇为什么蜘蛛是我们的朋友?那是因为他们能够消灭许多昆虫,其中包括一些是人类的大敌。

Insects would make it impossible for us to live in the world; they would devour all our crops and kill our flocks and herds, if it were not for the protection we get from insect-eating animals.

要不是食虫动物的保护,昆虫会使我们很难在地球上生存,他们吞食我们的庄稼,杀死成群的牛羊。

We owe a lot to the birds and beasts who eat insects but all of them put together kill only a fraction of the number destroyed by spiders. Moreover, unlike some of the other insect eaters, spiders never do the harm to us or our belongings.

我们把这些归功于吃昆虫的鸟和兽,但是他们杀死昆虫的总数加起来也只是蜘蛛消灭的一小部分。除此之外,蜘蛛不像其他食虫动物,他们绝不会危害我们和我们的财物。

Spiders are not insects, as many people think, nor even nearly related to them. One can tell the difference almost at a glance, for a spider always has eight legs and insect never more than six. How many spiders are engaged in this work no our behalf?
许多人认为蜘蛛是昆虫,但是他们不是昆虫,甚至与昆虫没有丝毫关系。人们能够一眼看出蜘蛛与其他昆虫的区别。蜘蛛有着八条腿,然而昆虫的腿都不会超出六条。有多少蜘蛛在为我们效力呢?

One authority on spiders made a census of the spiders in grass field in the south of England, and he estimated that there were more than 2,250,000 in one acre; that is something like 6,000,000 spiders of different kinds on a football pitch.

一个研究蜘蛛的权威对英国南部草地有多少蜘蛛做了一个调查。他大概估计了下一英亩大约有225万只蜘蛛。这样说,一个足球场大约有600万只不同种类的蜘蛛。

Spiders are busy for at least half the year in killing insects. It is impossible to make more than the wildest guess at how many they kill, but they are hungry creatures, not content with only three meals a day.

蜘蛛有至少半年都在忙于吃昆虫。我们很难猜测他们一年要吃多少昆虫,但是他们是吃不饱的生物,是不会满足一日三餐的。

It has been estimated that the weight of all the insects destroyed by spiders in Britain in one year would be greater than the total weight of all the human beings in the country.

据估计在英国蜘蛛一年吃掉的昆虫的重量肯定比在这个国家的人口的总重量多得多。


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