The amazing mating dance of the peacock spider

The animal dances and raises its tail flap, which, once unfolded, resembles an abstract Indian blanket of intense color. The creature hops around, alternately raising its legs like an air traffic controller, gesturing back and forth. His large, furry mouthparts almost make it look like he’s laughing, or at least a little amused at this outrageous act.

Meet the peacock spider. Males of several species within this group of spiders show remarkable mating displays to win mates of the opposite sex. Jürgen Otto may have done more than anyone else to document and share images of this arachnid’s amazing breeding ritual — it even won over people who previously hated spiders, Otto told Live Science. [Watch the Peacock Spider’s Mating Dance]

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