Peacock Spiders! Wait. What?

[First of all, who knew these existed? Raise your hands. And don't lie. -Ed]

I must admit, I was intrigued when I watched this video, which was sent in by Cuteporter Sarah H. But since “Spider” was the subject of the email, I felt I needed to consult with She Who Is The Higher Authority On Such Things. After all, traditionally:

Spiders.
Are.
Not.
Cute.

They’re scary as h-e-double toothpicks. And this video is from Australia, where they’ll tackle anything without a second thought. (Say like Steve Irwin: Woo Hoo! Let’s arm wrassle this Great White! Wait- no arms! No worries- whatta BEAUTY!) (And I say that with deep respect for his memory.) So the verdict is:

I really like it’s little white gloves. Cute! -Meg

So if you would, do a lotta checking out of this mating dance deal here. Amazink!

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Photo by your genial video host, Jürgen Otto.

Comments

  1. CUTEST.SPIDER.EVAH!!!!

  2. Watching the dancing, I had the lyrics “I’m pretty! Oh, so pretty!” running through my head. I never thought I would find a spider cute, but the head tilts and flopping of the “gloves” did it. :)

  3. Gimme Mammals says:

    Nope…cannot do it, cannot watch video or look at the pix. Not cute – spidery. *shudder*

  4. Tim McDaniel says:

    “Ze males are getting excited … and ze females too”: really, Brinke, bringing this sort of salaciousness into CO?!

    “To get the females’ attention, he often waves his legs”: odd, humans usually do it the other way.

    I think it’s the earnest Scandinavian accent of the host that drop-kicks this into redonkulousness. Someone should mix this with some late-model dance hit.

  5. Catwhisperer says:

    It helps that they’re TEENY. Otherwise, they would still be more icky than cute.

  6. It would be so handy if human males waved a sign and rippled their abs at us.

  7. So if they fail to impress the female they get eaten? Man, life as a male spider is rough.

  8. Looking at the capture and wondering if this will inspire some nail art somewhere . . .*g*

  9. It reminded me of guys wearing Ed Hardy shirts and fist pumping…..

  10. I’ve tried this many times but when you’re rippling abs are hidden behind a small and perfectly formed pot belly then it doesn’t have quite the same effect.

  11. They have 6 eyes?!! Wow! They really do have eyes in the back of their heads.

  12. He looks like he’s doing a chorus line high kick!

    Spiders give me the heebie-jeebies, but they can be beautiful. This guy is pretty cute.

  13. fleurdamour says:

    Jazz hands! And jazz feet! And jazz abs!

    The best part is when the host says ‘the female is watching,’ and it’s like, yeah, with ALL of her eyes.

  14. fleurdamour says:

    Puts a new spin on dinner and a show.

  15. It’s like a second-grader holding up his show & tell item saying, “Pick me! Pick me!”

  16. What the boys won’t do to get our attention..

  17. my fav part was the li’l spider eye-wipe… dating is hard work in his little world. (hard enough in ours too, i guess)

  18. Sasha's Mum says:

    1. No. No they’re not cute. No. Just no.
    2. Grammar errors aren’t cute either! (“Its” is the correct spelling for the possessive. “It’s” is a contraction of “it is.”)
    3. I haven’t had my coffee yet so have diminished tolerance for such things. (Spiders and spelling mistakes.)
    4. I’m really not an up-tight poopy-head.
    5. No, I’m not. Really.

  19. *hands Sasha’s Mum a coffee …. tries to avoid typos*

  20. Amen. I agree with you — No. No they’re not cute.

  21. Killer Klown says:

    That’s not cute…
    … It’s Fahh-bulous!

  22. It’s a triple cross between yoga, semaphore, and tribal dance! Definititely cute! If they were the size of a house cat – not so much…

  23. Sasha's Mum says:

    Thank you, Birdcage. I’m feeling much better now. :D

  24. Um, did somebody slip LSD into my water?

  25. All I could think when he put his flaps and his legs up was “TADAAAA!!!” And then I imagined “Don’t You Want Me Baby” by Human League playing in the background.

  26. Mummers!

  27. Blue Footed Booby says:

    The best part is that the spider has a picture of a spider on his butt. It’s like if I wooed women by dancing around in a t-shirt that had a picture of my own face.

  28. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Nope, sorry, you’re an uptight poopy-head and species-ist to boot! :)

    Turns out cute is in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I’m not a fan of king charles spaniels, but you don’t see me complaining.

  29. Made me thnk of this…

  30. Absolutely delightful. And cute to boot! :)

  31. Huh! I don’t absolutely love king charles spaniels either and I’ve never said anything about it because I thought I might be alone in this world!!! I prefer to focus on the things I like (floppy hound doggeh ears, red pandas, the sphere that is Maru, scootin’ bebeh trunksters, to name a few in no particular order) rather than the things I don’t find so cute. Cute IS in the eye of the cuteholder.

  32. “Now I shall show you the dance of my people…”

  33. I was just thinking it would be interesting if this applied to humans. At the end of a bad date, the guy gets clobbered over the head with a stiletto!

  34. I am 100% phobic of spiders. I can’t even look at a realistic illustration of a scary spider in a book!! However, when I first saw this video a couple months ago, I melted a little inside!! This little goes ALL OUT, even throws in some “Thriller” moves, and I finally realized a spider can be cute. But only this ONE spider. All others are awful.

  35. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    This has gotta be a metaphor for all kinds of things.

  36. I agree on point 2 but think this guy is gorgeous. For instance, I like him better than that kitteh with the hanging out tongue, even though I’m a lifelong cat lover. So, it’s all in the eye (or eyes) of the beholder.

  37. He’s so funny, starting out with the furry maracas, then adding some high kicks and finally blasting out the sail. Full speed ahead!

  38. Someone needs to set this clip to muzak. A leetle rumba (or samba I don’t know the dif. My bad!) I love the leetle hairy hand-looking appendages, espesh when they’re wiping sweat from a furrowed and worried spidy brow. Bless.

  39. Awesome Arachnids! (Yes, I do like spiders. I figure anything that eats mosquitoes, flies, and other obnoxious pests is one of God’s favored creatures!) (You should see the quarter-sized little Shelob who lives outside my front door–she’s impressive!)

  40. When I see the arms (mandibles?) bobbing I just picture it saying “Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!” all excited like. So cute!
    And I agree the eye wipe is also adorables.

  41. i don’t generally like creepy crawly things – but this guy is adorable! the multiply shoe button eyes – the furry front legs and the waving other legs and the colorful fan. what more could you ask for. and such enthusiasm. if i was a girl spider i would be all over this guy…or then again, i might just eat him up.

  42. Or when it says he is looking for a female, and he holds first one, then the other, over his eyebrows like he’s looking off into the distance. “Oh, where can she be?”

  43. I’m not a fan of spiders, but I did find this video interesting and cute until the male was eaten…

  44. I have a largish Huntsman (I’m in Sydney) that’s been living on my wall for a week now. Don’t want to kill it, keep leaving the window open, but it doesn’t get the hint. Apparently Huntsman(men?) have 8 eyes. It did a stroll around the bedroom walls last night and I turned over and came face to face with it! Nyah!! Can’t find it this morning, might strip the bed …

  45. I had a vision of the Robertson men of Duck Dynasty prancing about in RuPaul’s Drag Race…

    But, while arachnids are not normally my cup of tea, I did find these colorful little bugs fascinating!

  46. I am completely terrified of spiders, but knowing how tiny this guy is takes the edge off just enough for me to thoroughly enjoy his frantic flappy leg dance. Pretty stinkin cute!

  47. Am I right? It seems a lot of Australians will ‘have a go’ at ANYthing. Play cards with a black widow, no problem! Just a little venom, what are ya SCARED of, mate?

  48. phred's mom says:

    “dinner and a show” !!!!!!!
    Parfait, Fleurdamour!!!!

  49. phred's mom says:

    …doin’ the spider strut!

  50. gangewifreweaving says:

    *raises hand* woo hoo so glad to see these fantastic creatures featured here!!! there are many arachnids that are cutie pies. spiders are where it’s at. <3

  51. Spider, you better work!

  52. Victoria, Mom to 3 Rats says:

    I think they’re adorable. Actually I find most species of jumping spiders to be super cute. They’re so little and fuzzy. Squee.

  53. SixFootJen says:

    SPIDER TWERKING!!!!!!

    Um, I mean, “The male vibrates his abdomen.”

  54. The eye-wipingks! The furry gloves! The “touchdown” move with ballet legs and spider-shield up at the same time! :-) I’m usually “live and let live” with spiders–unless they are very large or surprise me. This spider is espesh cute cos it lives, far, far, far and away from me!

  55. Erin, I agree completely. I am nearly paralyzed at the sight of a spider, even, as you, an illustration. But this little guy, emphasis on the little, is almost cute. As long as he is not in my house, I agree he qualifies as “cute”. Thank you CO for helping me to get over one of my last phobias.

  56. smallthunder says:

    I can’t believe it — certainly I can’t be the only person struck by the similarity of the design of the male’s “peacock tail” to that of a colorful Art Deco-ish painting of a face? Look, there’s clearly two dot eyes, a long line of a nose, and a small dot of red for the mouth. Plus stylized swept wings of hair streaming away on both sides. C’mon, doesn’t anybody else see this?

  57. Alice Shortcake says:

    The classic Monty Python sketch “Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights”…performed by spiders!

  58. Mind you, I’ve seen it happen…….

  59. EeeeeeeeKKKK!!!!!!!!

    *Hides*

  60. Lovely eyes and legs – and so many of them!!!

  61. Tell me I’m NOT the only one that thought the spider needed leg warmers and a sound track from Flash Dance–“He’s a maniac, MANIAC on the leaf!”

  62. I’m with you. TOO MANY EYES!!!

  63. Jenny Islander says:

    I think that in my next D&D game I will allow the party to surprise the giant spiders while they are busy doing . . . this. Just to see their faces!

  64. I agree with all of the above. Thank you for saying it!

  65. Smatcheymo says:

    Dinner *IS* the show!

  66. Jenny Islander says:

    “A-boogie-woogie-boogie-woogie! Jazz hands! Fwoop!

  67. No offence intended to Ozzies – descending from hardened criminals when Oz was still a penal colony has probably made them all “well hard” now! ;)

  68. But they´re *beady*! How can you not find those beady eyes cute, hehe?! ;)

  69. More show first, then dinner! :O

  70. Two eyes? Cute! Four? Scary!

  71. And a set of knuckle tattoos, “pea-” on the right, “cock” on the left?

  72. Wait… Can someone confirm that if the lil guys dance isn’t successful he gets eaten BY THE FEMALE OF THE SAME SPECIES?! I thought it was maybe some other critter of the forest that grabbed him… Omg poor little dude!

    Besides for the getting eaten part, I thought it was pretty friggin cute, and yes, somebody needs to cut footage of the dance and put it to hilarious music (like “I’m too sexy’ right said fred, etc)

  73. I like how the colours on his butt look like a picture of a spider!

  74. Yeah, spiders generally aren’t good at distinguishing between potential mate and potential food. :< Jumpers are better at recognizing their own species than most, but still… "Accidents" happen.

  75. Okay…tell me I’m not the only one, but when I look at this spider, I see this: the two large eyes are sunglasses – and the smaller eyes, one on each side, are the actual eyes for viewing. Then, everything underneath those 4 eyes is a beard and the peacock part is a Rasta hat for keeping the dreadlocks in place.

    This is the Bob Marley Spider – One Love!

  76. Don’t know which is worse, a jumping spider or a twerking, jumping spider.

  77. Actually (sorry!), they have eight eyes ;)

  78. Anything with that many eyes gets a direct pass to the Mod Lounge and then to the next level down. :)

  79. SarahTheEntwife says:

    Yaaaay my spider is officially cute! (Well, not *my* spider. The video I submitted. I have never been to Australia, because there are scary spiders living there in addition to adorable chorus-dancing ones.) I somehow missed this when it was posted and it made my day today. :-)