What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Tiny Dancer


Photo: Jurgen Otto

This may seem like a strange choice for Christmas week, but all will become clear below.

You know I’m not a fan of spiders, but I may have to make an exception for these little guys. Peacock spiders perform a mating dance to rival the best displays by red-crowned cranes, hooded grebes and even birds of paradise, all who would probably find the little arachnids delicious. Like most of the world’s wackiest creepy crawlies, these little guys hail from Australia.

At about 4mm in size, these tiny dancers really put on a show! And their impressive skills aren’t limited to just performance; while stalking prey, these colorful jumping spiders are known to take down creatures triple their size. (Luckily, I’m much bigger than that.) And when you put video of their mating dance to music, they’re pure magic. Enjoy!

You can learn all about peacock spiders on the Spider Identifications website, and you can watch all of Jurgen Otto’s peacock spider videos on his YouTube channel.

Now that you’ve seen what they can do, get a load of this hilarious altered Christmas video:

And just to round things out, here’s my guy Zefrank to slightly ruin it all.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Tiny Dancer

  1. Well who knew spiders could be so much fun.?

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  2. The YMCA video should come with a warning to not drink coffee while watching. I laughed si hard at that one that I spilt coffee all over the place…but it was worth it.

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  3. I’m perishing from laughter with this post of yours Donna…especially with that last video! Thank you for the much needed cheer in this dark year. Also, thank you for continuing on with this blog for many years, which has created a bright spot in my morning every single day. May you receive as much happiness as you give to others. ❤

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  4. I got lucky. I wasn’t drinking anything or I would have joined the rest. This is a real keeper. Hal

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  6. Watched this with my 12 yr old and we laughed so hard. Laughed so much my teenager had to come over and tell us we were being too loud.

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  7. Who knew about these creatures? So cool!

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  8. Another great post! How did he teach those spiders to play instruments? But they do need to work harder on their Ms, Cs, and As.

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