Put a little kick into your Cha-cha-cha, mon amour, or things might get ugly. If you were a spider living in Australia, you’d know what I’m talking about.
A Peacock Spider to be more specific.
I thought it was time for me to post one of my illustrations. You may not be a spider fan, but these spiders are totally cool! The Maratus volans is a tiny jumping spider found only in specific parts of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, and Tasmania). They are only 5 mm in body length when full-grown.
During courtship, the male flips his abdomen up, expands side flaps, and shakes. He also raises his third legs. When the dance is over, if the females says no, he has to high-tail it out of there or risk being her dinner!
Real peacock spiders are very colorful, but none have the peacock-tail coloring (that I’ve seen). I took artistic license here. Clicking the image above will take you to my Zazzle shop where you can see him larger (and higher resolution) — and on shirts and mugs and stuff. I know you all want to walk around with a giant version of this spider on your back.
Check out this video of the dance.
Cute, right? How do you feel about spiders?
illustration by me!