Why was the spider in the first video dancing? Did you notice there was another spider in the foreground of the first video? Who do you think that spider was?
Now watch this video of another peacock spider species (M. volans) and see if you can answer all of these questions.
Video Courtesy of Michael Doe - Project Maratus
By now it should be clear to you that the other spider was a female and that the dancing male was trying to entice her to mate. As you read further in this book you will learn how and why male spiders—as well as males and females of many other species—display to mates like this.
This is just one of the many topics in animal behavior that we will explore over the course of this book. To see more exciting behaviors like these, remember to use the QR codes in the margins as you read.