Here there be spiders

If you have a fear of spiders, you might want to skip this post. But you’ll be missing out, because these are videos of jumping spiders, which are the cutest spiders in existence.

First up: an Ecuadorian jumping spider that is so transparent that the structure of its primary eyes can be seen. This is SO COOL. One thing I noticed is how the eyes move independently as well as together, something that jumping spiders (and many other organisms) have all over us plodding humans with our linked eyes. Any human who can make one of their eyes move independently is immediately tagged forever as the person asked to perform when folks at a party are slightly drunk. “Do the thing! You know, the thing with your eyes! Guys, check this out!”

Spiders are like, yeah, whatever. We do that every second of the day.

Next up is the coastal peacock spider (Maratus speciosus), which has the most awesome courtship dance ever. Videographer Jürgen Otto writes:

Hard to believe, but there is no footage of this species yet in any wildlife documentary [as of March 2013]. It inhabits coastal dune habitats near Perth in Western Australia. Filmed by me with Canon 60D and 100 mm macro lens.

May I just add that the choice of didgeridoo music was inspired. Also, I can’t help but picture these little guys waving in dragonflies for a landing.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Here there be spiders

  1. Power Wench says:

    Both cool videos, but the peacock spider is aptly named. What a show! Thanks!

  2. Jorge says:

    The peacock spiders are awesome. I love those mad unibrowed faces they have in their adbomens… 🙂

    Those are the males, I guess.

    • oregon expat says:

      Yep, they’re males. At the very end of the video, the displaying male ever-so-gently touches the back of a female, who is practically invisible in the leaf litter. You only see her for a couple of seconds.

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