Peacock Spider love dance

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

Each spring the 4–5mm-long Australian male Peacock Spider woos females by shaking his legs and showing off a pair of brightly coloured flaps, a display lasting seconds that few people have ever witnessed. This image captures perfectly all elements of this courtship dance – its shapes, colours and drama.

Sydney, New South Wales

Canon EOS 50D, Canon MP-E 65 1–5x macro (65mm), Canon Macro Twin Lite Mt-24EX, 1/250, f16, ISO 100

by Jurgen Otto, New South Wales