The Darlington’s Peacock Jumping Spider Dazzling Mating Dance

Don’t be deceived by its stature – small as it is, male Darlington’s Peacock Jumping Spider has a unique way of attracting females during mating time. The flamboyant male spider performs a very fancy and colorful mating dance! Read on to discover more about the species.

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Australia is home to many species of jumping spider, most known for their vibrant colors. However, one species, the tiny Darlington’s Peacock Jumping Spider (Maratus Volans) exhibit a strange mating ritual. The species is endemic only in the eastern parts of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales). Both sexes reach about 5 mm in body length. Males color ranges from iridescent red, blue, green, black among others. Females have drab coloring.

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Like peacocks, males of this species spiders also have flap-like extensions around their abdomen which were first thought used to aid the spider in gliding. Further studies have revealed that the flap-like extensions, are used to attract the female whilst courting.

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To catch the female’s attention, the male spider does a fancy mating dance as he approaches the female. He then elevates his dazzling abdominal flaps (resembling that of a peacock raising his dazzling feathers) showing off a circular field of color including blue, green, orange and yellow. Simultaneously, the male waves a third pair of legs, showing a brush of black hairs and white-tipped ends.

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After mating the male repeats this amazing dance many times with different females. Watch the video below and marvel at how dazzling this mating performance is.

80 thoughts on “The Darlington’s Peacock Jumping Spider Dazzling Mating Dance

  1. kulasa

    watched the video, what a marvellous mating performance indeed! and they look so colorful!! the male spider's dance is amazing haha, whew, I'll show this to hubby haha :-)blessed week bro 🙂

  2. Lainy

    What a colorful spider! And wow! The mating is such an amazing performance 😉 My first time to see one that's caught on video.

  3. NovaS

    so sorry but never get the chance to watch the video, i adhered spiders ever and can't take watching them…however it looks awesome to see that one you've shared has a colorful back design

  4. cheerful

    the colors of these spiders are beautiful, never thought they have species like this, thanks for sharing it with us, very informative! 🙂

  5. betchai

    gee, how I wish to see this kind of spider, I am fascinated by spiders, and this particular specie looks so colorful, the eyes were like a robot.

  6. Maricel

    Look at those colors! Are those really for real? Wow, I never knew there's a breed of spiders such as these. Matanglawin Kuya Kim, is that you?

  7. Chie

    Wow, i am bewitched by the dance. It is nice to know about this specie of spider. It is so nice of their courting ways..hehe

  8. Algene

    Spiders! Medyo takot ako sa kanila. LOL So seeing the pics above makes me want to scroll down faster. Hihi

  9. Mai Flores

    OMG! This has got to be one of the most remarkable species that I've seen on video. The dance itself, te courtship, the tango between male and female spiders are so spectacular. I've never seen such a colorful spider, let one fat and hairy ones (referring to the female).


    Ahhh-May-Zing!, I was more amaze by this than my tarantulas over here. haha. want to see such up close..

  11. Sky Summer

    Amazing Peacock spiders! We're really surprised that there are species of spiders who mimic the mating ritual of peacocks. It's really awesome to watch the video.

  12. Gemma Defeo-Hilotin

    This is new knowledge for me!LOl, am not really into spiders but this one is real amazing! .. and interesting mating dance! 🙂

  13. R.O.M.E.L.O.

    ang kulay ng gagamba… walang sinabi ang gagambang talahib at gagambang ekis diyan… talo pa nga niya si spider-man sa kulay eh…

  14. Gil Camporazo

    It has a colorful skin. I've seen a local jumping spider here in our place, but it doesn't have a variety of colors.

  15. Elal Jane Lasola

    Macro shots at its finest. And not to mention the very unique pre lude of this species before mating.

  16. jsncruz

    I would have bet my right hand that those were painted! Really beautiful, but I would not like to hold one 😛

  17. Maritel Ledesma

    that is a very colorful and exotic spider…so this is where those Maori warriors get their warpaint designs.

  18. Violy Vallester

    Wow so colorful! Great subject for photography, though I'm not sure if I can get close enough for a macro shot, scared it may jump on me. Hehe.

  19. Pinoy Chocophile

    interesting to note how the animal kingdom is so diverse in their mating practices, human should admire for having lost that art…the romance…

  20. ana karen Banhag

    there are so many things i learn from your blog. and they are very interesting thing to know.

    male peacocks do the same, right? they spread their flaps to attract the opposite sex before mating. 🙂

  21. msairrapingol

    very informative post. pati yung vid.
    Its actually my first time seeing a spider like that. looks can be deceiving though

  22. marri

    The colorful spider displays beauty as the mating takes over… quite interesting. I'm curious on how the baby spider will look like. 🙂

  23. Eileen

    Hahaha! I enjoyed watching the video. The male spider's mating dance was amazing. I wonder, what if the human race were that way too? So many males dancing in their colorful attire just to attract women. That would be the day, when men would be the ones wearing make up and women would just be in comfortable clothing. Thanks for sharing. Great informative post!

  24. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    I never knew that spiders can dance Lol! My husband will be interested to know about this since he's very fond of spiders.


    These spiders are awesome and the colors captured in the photos are equally as stunning. It's like a spider wearing a costume and dancing the night away. Very cool.

  26. Mindy Pauline

    I must admit that i am deadly terrified of spiders (or any bugs/insects/the likes), but this peacock jumping spider really is fascinating! Whatta stunning, beautiful color and i am amazed that they have peacock-like flap!

  27. Vanessa

    Wow, that is an amazing creature! A mere proof of the miracles of nature. The shapes that are formed by the lines of different colors are incredible. You left me Speechless!

  28. fyhmd

    This spider is too colorful to be true. But I think I will still not want to see one in real life. Haha!

  29. Karen

    Amazing colorful spider! I remember during childhood I used to catch spiders at home and play with it

  30. Anna Sundqvist

    That is an amazingly beautiful spider ! (said by someone who can't handle spiders at best of times). Nature never seize to amaze me !

  31. Jasmine

    oh my gosh! its so cute! and the colors make it attractive. although im not sure i like spiders, i like the photos~ hahahaha

  32. Khushboo Motihar

    Spiders have always grossed me out but this one is too pretty for words. And such an interesting mating ritual. Nature continues to leave me awestruck 🙂

  33. Suzanne

    That creature almost looks fake with the bright colours! I am one hundred percent not a fan of spiders, but this was pretty unique i must say..

  34. Janine Daquio

    And it is colorful as peacock as well. they have the same tactics for flirting mode. hahaha

  35. Fernando Lachica

    The color speaks for itself, that he likes the female…it seems like "papogi effect.

  36. Sin Yee

    This spider is really beautiful!… Love macro photography! This spider really caught my eyes!

  37. Eliz Frank

    What an amazing looking spider. It is so colorful, beautiful and pretty smart with its courting dance.

  38. Karen @ MrsLookingGood

    Never knew peacock spiders exist! I am amazed by the very vibrant colors and watching the video, they do look like peacocks raising and spreading their "feathers" performing for a potential mate.

  39. Joanna Sormunen

    Amazing colors and what an amazing animal! The world truly is filled with wonders and wonderful things 🙂

  40. Lavanya T R

    I am amazed looking at the video..never imagined spider to be so colorful….loved the video totally


    I get freaked out when I see spiders but this is the first time to know about this one and the pretty colors. Though still doesn't change. I just appreciate this one on photo 🙂

  42. Love Mindanao

    amazing, it only shows talaga na in real life , males are beautiful and talented… this spider is the proof…

  43. Russ R.

    While spiders freak me out, I have to say … that has to be the prettiest ( although males ) & most colorful spider I have ever seen. It was interesting to know about the mating dance.

  44. yvonnembertoldo

    Dancing spider looks funny but I still hate seeing one up close. Scary, creepy and makes me feel itchy just by looking at it. 🙁

  45. Danessa Foo

    The colours on the spider's body and that dance, so beautiful! I am always amazed by God's wonderful creations on Earth!!

  46. Tiffany Yong W.T.

    wow, they are beautiful! It's rainbow colour! But I guess I will be really scared if I ever see one up close! Not sure if they are poisonous!

  47. Kat Centeno

    Those are colorful spiders. I wonder if those with arachnophobia would still be frightened at the sight of these colorful creatures.

  48. Jason P.

    It's so interesting reading about the different rituals of animals where you can't help but sort of relate it to real human behavior! Such cool trivia! 😀

  49. Fred Hawson

    Ok it has bright colors. But it does not change the fact that it is a big hairy spider. Yikes! 🙂

  50. Pooja Kawatra

    To be frank I haven't heard of jumping spider and couple of days before only my son told me about jumping spider as he read about it in the class and I thiought it to be a normal spider. Now I can relate to it !!

  51. Ling

    wow that is one beautiful spider! Mother Nature is amazing, what she can bestow us – or in this case a spider!

  52. Kelly Chin

    Usually I am quite scared of spider as they are in black. But this Darlington’s Peacock Jumping Spider looks quite pleasant in colors and with its posing.

  53. Franc

    I have never seen a spider this colorful. Spiders freak me out, but I don't think this one would.

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