Peacock spider shakes it for the ladies

Male peacock spiders are fuzzy, strangely adorable, and boast a brilliantly colored abdomen that they flip up and use as a prop for an elaborate (for a spider) mating dance.

In this video, the mating dance of the peacock spider has been helpfully set to music, so you can really see why his abdomen makes female spiders wanna shoop.

This particular specimen is apparently a representative of an as-yet-unnamed species of peacock spider. You can read more about this species, and what makes it different from its cousins, in this paper by Jürgen C. Otto and David E. Hill, who also made the video.

Via Bug Girl


  1. At 1:08 the spider seems to simply vanish.  Is this a jumping spider, or does he have powers of invisibility?

  2. This is one of those videos where my immediate reaction upon viewing is to plan how my D&D group will fight a giant psionic version of this creature in their next adventure.

  3. As if spiders didn’t already freak me out, these f#ckers have eyes in the back of their heads. Admittedly less freaky are their cute little mittens, but still.

  4. w/o any in-depth knowledge of spiders I am pretty certain that this is not only a mating display but also something to scare away predators – because that abdomen looks exactly like the head of a praying mantis / a dragonfly.

    1. I agree. However, appearing as a predator to a potential mate could be trouble too. Perhaps the sudden flash of a predator stuns the mate into a “remain still” mode, making the mate less reliant upon consent?

    1. I used to feel bad for all the species that kick the bucket after mating, but on balance “dying in a moment of post-coital bliss” is probably the best way to go that any creature could hope for.

  5. As I learned from the paper this species still lacks a name.
    Instead of Maratus species A I would propose Maratus Travolta aka the Saturday Night Spider.

  6. So raise your fifth and sixth arms in the air!
    And wave your colored abdominal flap like you just don’t care!
    And if you believe you’re not gonna be eaten by your mate,
    scream it out and say Oh Yeah!

  7. I like the upraised arms – Made me think, “GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL !!!!!!”

    Because, after all…Every horny spider needs a goal, right ?

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