I’ve just completed the second watercolor painting of the new “Toxic Tango” series. The first one was “Toxic Tango I: Sea Slugs”, and this one is “Toxic Tango II: Peacock Spiders”. Perhaps it will not be a favorite of very many folks…
Peacock spiders are amazing, very tiny creatures. They are only about 4 mm long – that’s less than 1/4 inch! They are jumping spiders, and are endemic to Australia. The male peacock spider sports a beautifully colorful flap folded down over the abdomen. During courtship display, the flap is raised and spread like a peacock’s tail. As if that weren’t impressive enough, he also dances, vibrates, and raises a his third pair of legs straight up in the air! Wow – what a hunk!
|Toxic Tango I: Peacock Spiders|
Now, of course, half the fun for me is to include the scientific ID chart with my natural history paintings. You can find that below.
|Identification chart for Toxic Tango I: Peacock Spiders|