Peacock Spiders

The Freaky loves these freaky spiders. Called Peacock Spiders (grown up, scientific name is Maratus Volans) they are very very small. The adults are only 5mm, meaning you could fit ten on a fingernail. But what they lack in size, they make up for in their incredible colourful stomachs, which the males use to attract mates.

amazing coloured spiders
Photos credit: Entomologist Jurgen Otto

The spiders can be found in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. There are 20 known species of the Peacock Spiders but they are so rare that only 8 have been formally catalogued.

Dr Jürgen Otto, an entomologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Australia, has ben studying and capturing on camera their amazing courtship rituals which involve the male spider thrusting out his brightly coloured abdominal flap, whenever a female spider comes near.

“The first time I saw this mating display I was really blown away. I couldn’t believe something like this would happen on this scale with this colour and movement” says Dr Otto.


Watch the Peacock Spiders amazing courtship displays here.

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