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Beautiful Beats – The Maratus Jumping Spiders

They are cute, furry, and colourful; they dance, have huge glittery eyes and don’t want to bite you –  and they don’t build webs; what’s not to love?

For some, the thought that a spider could be cute, cuddly, loveable and gorgeous to look at seems absurd. But think again. Inhabiting the micro-world of our gardens, pastures and forest floors are the worlds most beautiful spiders. Found only in Australia and only very recently popularised by the efforts of Joseph Schubert and Jürgen Otto, our peacock spiders almost outshine the birds of paradise.

Curious to look at and vastly more entertaining than a bird with feathers, the tiny little spiders, no larger than a grain of rice, have massive dance moves and a lot of swaggers and could entirely change how you feel about spiders forever.



 From 2011 there were only around eight species of peacock spider identified in the ‘Land Down Under’, but as of recently thanks to spider enthusiasts and scientists with a deep passion for our dancing spider friends, we are now at 86.

The first peacock spider to be documented was in 1874 by Pickard -Cambridge, a zoologist with a particular interest in arachnids and insects. Since then, there was not too much fuss until a man named Jürgen Otto started filming these little gems and posting the videos on the internet. From 2011 – until now there have been a confirmed 75 new species identified, and it’s primarily because of him.

Joseph Schubert recently added to the catalogue of the species by revealing seven new finds which are published in an article on the ABC News website. Mr Schubert says, “peacock spiders are like tiny, little, colourful kittens”.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/seven-new-species-of-peacock-spider-discovered/12110306


Guest Contributor: Emily Rack
Business Name: Horatio’s Jar

Emily Rack is a  freelance creative writer, researcher, multi-disciplinary artist, designer and digital producer. Approaching life with a philosophical perspective, Emily helps others find meaning and reason in their lives and the creative projects they pursue.

She has dedicated her life to researching and understanding matters of the mind, body-, and the human experience and she shares her skills through mindfulness and wellbeing classes and events.

Her discoveries and research focus on cultivating tools and dialogue that encourage us to live in peace and harmony.

Her current focus is the environment and human connectivity, conservation, environmentalism, botany, biology-, and the practice of ‘Nature Bathing’. Emily is a writer, digital content creator, seasoned photographer-, and visual artist.

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