Jumping Spider Courtship Dance

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His yearning is very real…screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-5-20-09-pm

This afternoon I witnessed this little jumping spider desperately try to capture the attention of his female love interest.  He may have been putting on the moves too quick… In the end she literally jumped off the leaf and left him there alone, with a broken heart.

Prior to this encounter, I thought the amazing videos I’d seen floating around the internet of peacock spiders dancing and then mating, would have been hard to film and required plenty of time in the bush observing the spiders with infinite patience.  I’m super patient, and have scouted for a few years but never saw anything that looked like courtship until today.

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