They’re smaller than a thumbnail and yet these tiny spiders have some of the most biggest, most colorful features in the arachnid world! These spiders are known as peacock spiders and live along the beaches near Perth in Western Australia. As you’ll see in the video, they have beautiful, colorful backs that pop up when they do their unusual courtship dance, which is filled with them lifting their legs over their heads in sharp, staccato movements.
Peacock spiders a type of jumping spider, so rather than weave a web to catch their prey, they pounce on them. There wasn’t much footage of this particular species until this scientist began to film them. I’m really happy he did, because they’re fascinating to watch!
If you enjoyed this video, you’ll love this video of peacock spiders dancing to a popular tune!