Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The Tiny Peacock Spider

These dramatic-looking spiders may seem
like they're getting ready to attack, but this
colourful display from male peacock spiders
is in fact a mating ritual.
Similar to peacock birds, where this spider
gets its nickname from, the male flashes
its brightly coloured, iridescent stomach
flaps in a bid to attract females.
And even if these arachnids did attack, they
wouldn't get far because the adults only
grow to about 5mm long.

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