The peacock spider (Maratus volans), lives in several Australian states. It’s no wonder it was named so, because the similarity with the famous bird is too obvious.
Actually, Maratus volans literally sounds like a flying spider. When the entomologist Jurgen Otto moved to Sydney, Australia, he claimed that there is almost nothing to photograph. That was before he met the Maratus volans. Now he thinks the peacock spider is the most beautiful spider in the world and certainly isn’t going to leave the green continent. This kind of coloring is specific only to males; females look bleak. Males use their colored flaps in the mating season to attract the attention of females, and for saving their life in case of a possible assault of a bird or an insect. To attract females, the male spider stands on two legs and dances his dance. If the female doesn’t like the dance, the candidate can easily turn into a dinner. At the end of the post you can see a video about this beautiful little creature.