Saturday, November 28, 2009
Bug Of The Month - Peacock Spider ( Maratus volans )
The Peacock spider or Gliding spider (Maratus volans) is a species of jumping spider. The red, blue and black colored males have flap-like extensions of the abdomen with white hairs that can be folded down.
They are used for display during mating the male raises his abdomen, then expands and raises the flaps so that the abdomen forms a white-fringed, circular field of color. The species, and indeed the whole genus Maratus have been compared to peacocks in this respect.
The third pair of legs is also raised for display, showing a brush of black hairs and white tips. While approaching the female, the male will then vibrate raised legs and tail, and dance from side to side.
I found out about these fascinating things not too long ago and I wanted to find out more about them naturally so here you go.
Apparently they're tiny little things. I would like to see these in person though.