There are countless times I have run for miles at the sight of a tiny spider. These creepy crawlies give me the chills. But right now, I love spiders! This spider shown in the video is one of the most beautiful creatures on earth! I’m not exaggerating…see for yourself!
It is the Maratus speciosus also known as the coastal peacock spider and can be found along beaches near Perth in Western Australia. These tiny arachnids are renowned for their vibrant and intricate displays during courtship. Males have a body length of around 4-5 millimeters and feature a remarkable array of colors, including iridescent blues, reds, and oranges, complemented by bold patterns on their abdomen. The coastal peacock spider’s appearance is reminiscent of a miniature peacock, hence its name.
The mating ritual of the coastal peacock spider is a spectacular sight to behold. Male spiders perform elaborate dances and displays to attract the attention of females. These dances involve rhythmic leg movements and vibrant abdominal flaps that they raise and vibrate, creating a striking visual spectacle. The spider’s movements, combined with its vibrant colors, serve to mesmerize and court potential mates. This intricate courtship behavior has garnered significant attention from researchers and nature enthusiasts alike, as it showcases the complex and fascinating world of animal behavior.
The uploader of this video states that due to this spider’s rarity, there have been no footage of this creature till date, even if it has been known since 1874! Forget a wildlife documentary people! This video is the only available recording of a peacock spider! Watch this beautiful creature below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!
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