Monday, October 28, 2019

WHEN SPIDERS DANCE...

Australia is home to dancing spiders, minute little creatures, surely adorable even to arachnophobes. They are called Peacock Spiders because of their bright, vibrant colours. They are also rarely seen, because they are so tiny... about the size of half your smallest fingernail.
Today I was lucky enough to come across one in my garden. 
 Not sure what particular species it is, but probably -- seeing as it was in my garden! -- the Common Peacock Spider. The male actually does an intricate charming dance performance to impress the female (and maybe to persuade her not to regard him as prey). Unfortunately, I didn't catch such a dance on the video...

And in other news, THE FUGITIVE QUEEN is within 5,000 words of completion.