When you’re only 4mm long, you have to work to make an impact. Enter the Australian peacock spider...

His mating dance starts with lifting white-tipped legs into the air and waving them hypnotically. Then the abdomen throbbing begins. Once the ladies are looking, he raises a “tail” made of two brilliantly coloured flaps and dances about. 

Dr Jürgen Otto spotted his first peacock spider while bushwalking near Sydney. He returned with a video camera and spent the next three years trying to find another one before success.

(Just wait until you get to 1.25—look out, ladies!!)

Peacock Spider Dance

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