I recently had a request to write about a beautiful and unique species, the flying peacock spider from Australia.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Some people are scared of spiders, but you don’t have to be afraid of these little guys as they are only 5 mm long and are not venomous.
- They get their name from the small, colourful flaps that the male has on either side of their body. They use these flaps to attract females by raising them like a peacock. They then perform a very spectacular dance. However, they can’t fly.
- They have excellent vision, with four pairs of eyes that go all around their head.
- Unlike most other spiders, flying peacock spiders don’t weave webs to catch prey, but use their speed and jumping ability to hunt their very tiny prey.
- They live along the east coast of Australia, in Queensland and New South Wales and I have seen a similar looking species of peacock spider in a forest in Victoria.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about flying peacock spiders?