Peacock spider shakes it for the ladies

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33 Responses to “Peacock spider shakes it for the ladies”

  1. awjt says:

    Super hawt, srsly.

  2. Maj Variola says:

    Someone please add some cool sunglasses to a dancer… with 4 lenses..

  3. bobcorrigan says:

    For some reason I’ve got “What is Love?” in mind as an alternative soundtrack.

  4. Talk about flying the freak flag high.

  5. Boundegar says:

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

  6. mappo says:

    This is the Maggie version of a unicorn chaser, isn’t it?

  7. Michael Mars says:

    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.

  8. matt H says:

    In other news, sleazy dude with huge mustache harasses women in a bar.

  9. Timmy Corkery says:

    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.

  10. John Weitzmann says:

    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.

    • vonbobo says:

      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?

  11. Wreckrob8 says:

    Adorably squishy.

  12. PhosPhorious says:

    Where to you tuck the dollar bills?  Purely as a matter of anatomical interest, of course. . . .

  13. srallen says:

    I’ll just leave this here.

  14. robcat2075 says:

    I hope this isn’t one of those situations where the male gets eaten when it’s over.

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      Why? To be fair some female spiders get eaten by their young as they hatch. Hopefully the males die happy.

    • Brainspore says:

      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.

  15. Walter Amos says:

    All praise to the Hypno-Spider!

  16. confu says:

    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.

  17. Maria Pranzo says:

    Bow chicka bow boooow….bow chicka bow boooow…

  18. 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!

  19. snagglepuss says:

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

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

  20. humanresource says:

    Still a better love story than Twilight.

  21. He’s doing the eye of Sauron!

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