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Lunch Club! Will You Just Look At This Spider

Spider YouTubes are a tricky business. There are many promising titles — ‘Jumping Spider Got Cute’, ‘Strangely Adorable Spider’, ‘Wolf Spider In Love’ — but no matter how innocuous the clip, you know you’re only one click away from ‘Goliath Bird-Eating Spider Breeding‘ and then it is just THANKYOU BUT NOPE, SHUT IT DOWN.

So it is with due caution that I post ‘Peacock Spider 7′, one of the only pieces of footage that exists of a rare, 4mm-long Australian jumping spider and his bizarrely hypnotic mating dance.

The spider has huge eyes, dog-like front paws and elegantly long, come-hither hind legs, which he waves in the air like semaphore flags, as if spelling out the words: “Hey there! Hello! I am about to present to you my multi-coloured, peacock-like flaps! You should look at them closely and with awe, as I dance from left to right like an extremely erotic crab! Love me! LOVE ME!”

And with a butt-shake and a flap-waggle, he creeps onto his lady-friend and bewitches her all night long.

The Peacock Spider was first filmed by entomologist Jurgen Otto in 2011, who found it in the undergrowth of bushlands in Sydney; the one above, though, was filmed in coastal dune habitats near Perth.

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  • Chay MacTavish
  • Alasdair Duncan

    “According to a new report, male spiders sometimes “pay” for mating, with bits of flower, cotton, and ant husks. However, a sizeable chunk of those payments end up going to Ramon.”

  • Elmo Keep

    As an avowed arachnophobe, I promise this also comes under the “cute” banner:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLw-9dpHtcU

  • Elmo Keep

    Hi.

    • Steph Harmon

      Ten Cutest Spiders On The Internet. Consider yourself commissioned.