Video: Peacock Spider Does a Crazy Booty-Shaking Dance

By Lisa Raffensperger | August 23, 2013 11:45 am

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Happy Friday, world! To get you through the end of the workweek,  here’s Mother Nature with a little pick-me-up: the mating display of the peacock spider Maratus volans.

Entomologist Jürgen Otto has studied the tiny spiders in their native Australia for the last six years, and has captured what he says is the first footage of the species’ elaborate mating dance.

Out of all the varieties of peacock spider he’s observed, Otto tells LiveScience that Maratus volans is probably his favorite because it’s the “most flamboyant of all.” And that’s saying something: his Flickr photostream is probably the craziest collection of spiders you’ve ever seen.

So without further ado, the peacock spider that tops the charts. If you don’t want to wait for the buildup, jump to 2:38 for a montage of the males’ best moves—and just try not to smile, we dare you.

Image courtesy Jürgen Otto


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  • Ryan

    Pretty cool. Almost makes me wish I was one of these spiders. Then again, it really doesn’t. Cool mating behavior, though!

  • Say what

    The females often eat the males then? Hmm, females will be the death of us all.

  • Wings_42

    Amazing footage. Besides their beauty, their awareness or even consciousness is self evident. Thank you Jürgen Otto for my miracle of the day. Every bit of wild is precious.


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