If you thought spiders weren’t already interesting enough critters just the way they are, wait till you see a peacock spider. You wouldn’t normally call a spider captivating, but in this case, even a self-proclaimed arachnophobe might venture to take a second look.
From the word clue “peacock”, you can already gain a clue as to what a peacock spider would look like. Nicknamed “Sparklemuffin” and “Skeletorus”, these peacock spiders were discovered in the 1800s and are native to Australia.
The sight of a male peacock spider’s bright, colorful back is odd if you compare it to conventional images of spiders, whose bodies are usually covered in darker, more sombre, dangerous tones. The peacock spider’s colors, on the other hand, are not dominated by grays or blacks, but of relatively “happier” tones, such as fiery oranges, brilliant blues, searing speckles of red, impressive purples, attractive yellows, and a few dark shades for dramatic effect, reminiscent of a male peacock’s tail, which is used to attract potential mates.
When it comes to mating rituals though, a male peacock spider does more than simply display its attractive piece of nature’s artwork for a back. The creature also has a mating dance ritual that truly is captivating to watch, as it raises its various legs one by one like its own version of Hokey Pokey, moving them in staccato-like motion. It lifts its colorful back up and down and hops around, dancing to the beat of its own internal drum.
As of this writing, more species are still being discovered, which makes you wonder about all the other marvels of nature that are still out there, waiting to be seen and appreciated. As for our enchanting peacock spiders, here are some videos you can check to watch their dance captured in HD.