Peacock Jumping Spider – Western Australia

Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 1.31.51 pmScreen Shot 2017-09-16 at 1.46.46 pmScreen Shot 2017-09-16 at 1.47.09 pmScreen Shot 2017-09-16 at 2.00.22 pmSo after 4 years of diligently searching the bush, parks and house yards across Australia, we have found an elusive peacock jumping spider in our very own back yard!

They were quite a bit bigger than I had anticipated and were easy to identify with their little white socks on the middle legs.

These spiders have some incredible colouring and are known to dance and court the female before mating.  If the male successfully dances for her affection she will breed with him, if not there’s a chance she may kill him.  The odds are dire!

To see some more examples of these incredibly vibrant little spiders please check out this page.  There is currently a group the dedicates time to finding and identifying these spiders (Project Maratus) and I’m just waiting to hear back from Michael about the type that this little spider might be.  I think he’s quite common at this stage.

The first two images were taken last night at sunset, and the last was today at midday.  It appears the colours become more vibrant in bright lighting.

We actually found two yesterday, along with an ant mimicking spider, and some Christmas spiders today as well.  Mike and I had been moving some scrap metal and digging up old posts when we discovered the colourful little spiders.

The yard is smouldering today as we burned and cleared some plant matter and burned down one dead tree.  The air has that campfire smell, combined with working in a 30 degree day, we have had our first little taste of summer.  Mike and I are also in the process of getting a chicken yard set up and removing the old one.

I’m not sure if it’s the heat or just the time of year but there are spiders everywhere!

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