The internet was completely stunned when it learned of the existence of peacock spiders, a colorful arachnid that is admittedly not as terrifying as others.
Similar to actual peacocks, male peacock spiders attract females with their vibrant looks. They also “dance” in their mating rituals. Unfortunately for the males, failure to impress a female means that she’ll be eating him for lunch.
— Science News (@ScienceNews) February 14, 2017
They’re not all scary. Peacock spiders are cute pic.twitter.com/MvntJ67rXQ
— 🤪 (@Derra_2) September 27, 2017
A little peacock spider dance to start your morning pic.twitter.com/RAuDO2ujXW
— Michael Doe (@Maratus_spider) July 24, 2017
Just to give you an idea of the size of these peacock spiders. Male and female Maratus volans. This is the males courtship display pic.twitter.com/5hqWsCbkP3
— Michael Doe (@Maratus_spider) March 14, 2017
But it’s safe to say that some (including the author of this article) still aren’t convinced.
Lovely peacock spider don't count when it comes to arachnophobia, sorry.
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) September 15, 2017