Sighting

Darren Carman 12 Feb 2015

Flying Peacock Jumping Spider - Maratus volans

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Sighted 13 Nov 2014
27 Delbridge Drive, Moe South VIC 3825, Australia

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Identifications

  • Darren Carman 12 February 2015
    Maratus volans
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Salticidae: Maratus: volans
    Common Names: Spiders, Jumping spiders, Jumping spiders
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Notes

  • David Francis 12 February 2015
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    David Francis says

    Probably the best photographs of the peacock jumping spider I have seen!

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  • Ken Walker 12 February 2015
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    Ken Walker says

    Indeed - just wonderful images in both records. Exciting to also see the captured prey.

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  • Darren Carman 12 February 2015
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    Darren Carman says

    Hi Dave, Thanks for the positive comments on the photos! Cheers Darren

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  • Darren Carman 12 February 2015
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    Darren Carman says

    For some time I had seen images in books and on the web of peacock jumping spiders and fancifully thought of what it would be like to find one someday in some remote area of the bush. Imagine my surprise then to find one within 30m of our front door. I was so excited I could have wet myself (I didn't!). I had no idea how small they were. Seriously, they are only knee high to a pygmy grasshopper and if it weren't for the tiny flash of blue among the leaf litter it would most likely to have gone unnoticed. Now that I've seen one in real life I can appreciate just how addictive they can be. Even my partner who doesn't like spiders thought this spider was pretty special. It proved difficult to photograph - being so small and active in the leaf litter and grass. Fortunately I was able to bribe it into staying still with some food to get a couple of photos. (P.S. It wasn't so fortunate for the flying ant). The next challenge will be to see males in full courtship display. For anyone interested, Jurgen Otto (aka Peacock Spider Man) has excellent footage of courting Maratus spiders (refer http://www.youtube.com/user/Peacockspiderman). Darren

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