This is the peacock spider Maratus volans. Jürgen Otto was the first to film this spider's mating dance, in Australia. The animal got him interested in filming other peacock spiders.
This is the peacock spider Maratus speciosus.
The peacock spider Maratus mungaich. Otto films these spider with the video option on his DSLR, a Canon 7D with a 100 mm macro lens.
Purcell's peacock spider
Unlike some of the other peacock spiders, Purcell's peacock spider doesn't have as large of a flap to unfurl to impress his mate. But he still does okay.
The Purcell's peacock spider, like most of its ilk, is quite tiny.
This is the tail flap of the peacock spider Maratus speciosus.
Doing the dance
Peacock spider Maratus calcitrans doing his dance in front of a female.
Crouching & showing
The spots of Maratus harrisi almost look like the eyes of a damselfly.
Douglas has written for the New York Times Green Blog, Popular Mechanics and Discover Magazine. He has an M.A. in journalism from the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. Before that he studied biology and English literature at Washington University in St. Louis.