16 April 2011

Jumping peacock spider

(photo from ABC)

The peacock spider (Maratus volans) is native to the east coast of Australia. Dr Jurgen Otto captured the unique peacock-like display of the male spider, which was featured in ABC's Catalyst program last month.

In detail (see after the 3.00 minute mark).
See also Dr Otto's flickr (excellent photos) and Spiders of Australia website.

Yes, spiders can be very attractive.

1 comment:

Nate said...

Hey Daniel, long time no see you. I like the new look of the blog. this is amazing! I've never heard of a peacock spider before, wow. Nature is just the most amazing thing in the universe ain't it?