A Crazy Love Story – The Strutting Spider


After mating, the peacock up and moving again to find more females.

Australia’s peacock spider makes all the right moves in a bid to impress the ladies. Getting into the groove is easy with eight legs and a multicoloured stomach flap to shake.

The courtship dance of the male peacock spider involves a series of attention-grabbing jumps, sways, and struts to attract partners. His colours and moves are studied by the female before she decides if he is a suitable mate. If she isn’t interested, she may attack and eat her suitor instead!

Fast Facts

Peacock spiders are tiny – adults grow to only about 4 mm (0.1 in) long. Despite this, these aptly named jumping spiders are capable of pouncing more than 20 times their body length.