Dance Of The Adorable Spiders!

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Dance Of The Adorable Spiders!

With Thanks­giv­ing in the rear view mir­ror, the Christ­mas Sea­son has offi­cially begun, yay! I have a lit­tle boy at home who loves to show me videos he finds of lit­tle crit­ters doing cute things, and among his (and my) favorites are the Pea­cock Spi­ders. The males are very pretty and do flashy dances, for the ladies. Here is a spe­cially edited video fea­tur­ing spidey footage, made fes­tive for the holidays:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYFQQB9vqPw

National Geo­graphic pro­vides a fun edu­ca­tional video about our lit­tle fancy danc­ing friends.

If disco is your thing, enjoy these spideys danc­ing to the Bee
Gees’ “Stay­ing Alive”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPh_Gi7PCqs

Back to the Christ­mas spirit with the Dance of the Sug­arplum Pea­cock Spiders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pno1mHU-2g

Here is some great infor­ma­tion about these flashy spi­dies, via Men­tal Floss:

They’re fuzzy, they’re flashy, and they’ve got great moves.

1. They’re small, but they’re scrappy.

Pea­cock spi­ders (genus Mara­tus) cram a whole lot of swag­ger into a teeny-​tiny pack­age. The biggest Mara­tus species can reach 0.3 inches — about the size of a pen­cil eraser.

Like almost all spi­ders, pea­cock spi­ders are ven­omous. But that doesn’t mean they’re dan­ger­ous to humans: Their lit­tle jaws are so tiny that they couldn’t even punc­ture our skin.

We’re safe, but crick­ets and other spi­ders are not. Like all jump­ing spi­ders, the pea­cock spi­ders don’t build webs. They stalk their prey like lions. When the time comes, they pounce, and can take down prey three or four times their size.

2. Each species has its own dance — and house mix.

Female pea­cock spi­ders are the Tina Belch­ers of the ani­mal king­dom. To impress them, you need two things: a ter­rific butt, and a tal­ent for shak­ing it.

To ful­fill these require­ments, male pea­cock spi­ders have evolved spec­tac­u­lar iri­des­cent fans on their butts, and fancy dances to show them off. The dance of each species is unique, but most of them involve sen­sual leg wav­ing and booty shaking.

As if that wasn’t enough, a male also peri­od­i­cally pauses his dance to drum on the ground, and occa­sion­ally on the female’s head. Spi­ders don’t have ears like we do, and instead hear through organs on their legs. The drum­beats’ vibra­tions travel across the ground and up the legs of the female, which is appar­ently super-​hot. If the male’s lit­tle vaude­ville rou­tine is sat­is­fac­tory, the spi­ders get down to business.

MORE HERE!

Unpop­u­lar Sci­ence can tell you more about these and a few other kinds of spe­cial spi­ders, HERE.

I hope you enjoyed the cute spi­ders, my kids and I sure do — and it is nice to get away from the news once in a while, espe­cially near Christmastime.

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, the Christmas Season has officially begun, yay! I have a little boy at home who loves to show me videos he finds of little critters doing cute things, and among his (and my) favorites are the Peacock Spiders. The males are very pretty and do flashy dances, for the ladies. Here is a specially edited video featuring spidey footage, made festive for the holidays:

National Geographic provides a fun educational video about our little fancy dancing friends.

If disco is your thing, enjoy these spideys dancing to the Bee
Gees’ “Staying Alive”:

Back to the Christmas spirit with the Dance of the Sugarplum Peacock Spiders:

Here is some great information about these flashy spidies, via Mental Floss:

They’re fuzzy, they’re flashy, and they’ve got great moves.

1. They’re small, but they’re scrappy.

Peacock spiders (genus Maratus) cram a whole lot of swagger into a teeny-tiny package. The biggest Maratus species can reach 0.3 inches—about the size of a pencil eraser.

Like almost all spiders, peacock spiders are venomous. But that doesn’t mean they’re dangerous to humans: Their little jaws are so tiny that they couldn’t even puncture our skin.

We’re safe, but crickets and other spiders are not. Like all jumping spiders, the peacock spiders don’t build webs. They stalk their prey like lions. When the time comes, they pounce, and can take down prey three or four times their size.

2. Each species has its own dance—and house mix.

Female peacock spiders are the Tina Belchers of the animal kingdom. To impress them, you need two things: a terrific butt, and a talent for shaking it.

To fulfill these requirements, male peacock spiders have evolved spectacular iridescent fans on their butts, and fancy dances to show them off. The dance of each species is unique, but most of them involve sensual leg waving and booty shaking.

As if that wasn’t enough, a male also periodically pauses his dance to drum on the ground, and occasionally on the female’s head. Spiders don’t have ears like we do, and instead hear through organs on their legs. The drumbeats’ vibrations travel across the ground and up the legs of the female, which is apparently super-hot. If the male’s little vaudeville routine is satisfactory, the spiders get down to business.

MORE HERE!

Unpopular Science can tell you more about these and a few other kinds of special spiders, HERE.

I hope you enjoyed the cute spiders, my kids and I sure do – and it is nice to get away from the news once in a while, especially near Christmastime.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.