Tiny but colourful jumping “peacock spider”

A four millimetre long “peacock spider” that can wave a pair of legs and two patterned flaps as part of a mating ritual has been captured on camera.

“The tiny arachnid, found in Australia, shows off a rainbow of colours to impress nearby females.

It can raise a pair of legs and fan out two brightly patterned flaps at the back of its body.

Displaying its spectrum of shades in an attempt to attract the attention of the less vibrant brown spiders, the creature reveals hues of orange, yellow, green and blue.

Also known as a Maratus Vilans, amateur photographer Jurgen Otto originally spotted the colourful creature in the wild”


You can read about it here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6679455/Pictured-tiny-but-colourful-peacock-spider.html

Here are some more images of this amazing animal.  As you can see, it’s very small:

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