Me llaman manicomio porque guardo dentro aquello que otros repudian.
Me llaman agitador, provocador, polémico,
sin dinero me llaman “triste loco”, con dinero “divertido excéntrico”.
Me llaman tantas cosas para bien o para mal… Nach
Maratus volans, better known as the Peacock Spider. The brilliant colouring is not just for decoration but also to attract females. The peacock spider has earned its name when he courts with his mate through dancing. Like a peacock, he raises his two magnificently coloured flaps and dances for the female.
These fuzzy little guys, some just a few millimeters in length, have intricate, species-specific dance moves. Not only are they likely displaying their health and vigor to potential mates, but they are also reminding females that they are the same species, so, like “please don’t eat me, hun!”
If you want to learn more about this arachnid tango, head over to Wired and read all about it. If you’d really want to dig in to the science of peacock spider dancing, including the sounds that go along with this eight-legged twerking display, here’s an open-access paper at PLOS One.
If you are mean to spiders, I will also hunt you down.
Long-horned Orb-weaver Spider (Macracantha arcuata, Araneidae)
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese spiders and arachnids on my Flickr site HERE…..
Vision, légende du XIVe siècle, 1873, Luc-Olivier Merson, Palais des beaux-arts de Lille
Cityscape, Richard Diebenkorn
The Llangattock breviary, manuscript, between 1441 and 1448.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
The Llangattock breviary was broken up into individual leaves by a bookseller in the late 1950s (and, as here, some individual leaves suffered further losses). A project is underway to virtually reunite the manuscript by digitizing the leaves, now scattered throughout the US.