Environment and Ecology

Peacock spiders FTW

Cutest.  Spider.  Ever.

Think he's cute now?  Just _wait_ until you see his party trick.
Think he's cute now? Just _wait_ until you see his party trick.

Well, possibly.  Not being familiar with all the spiders on this or any other world(s), I realise I cannot definitely make such a statement.

However, the peacock spider (Maratus volans) is one seriously, seriously cute little critter.

For those with short attention spans, the action really starts getting going at about the 3 minute mark.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GgAbyYDFeg&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

(Video by Jurgen Otto, who may well be the first person to manage to do so.  Nicely done, Jurgen!)

I found the final line rather amusing :)

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HT: @hectocotyli and the always-fantastic Myrmecos blog

  • Brent

    Fantastic. That video is so worth watching. Thanks a lot.

  • Emily C.

    I enjoy spiders, and yes, these are pretty darn cute. If they weren’t so tiny, I’d yearn to have a peacock spider terrarium set up. Thanks for the video!