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Mr. Peacock | by Melanie Eliades
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Mr. Peacock

Woohoo! I finally found my first ever Peacock Salticidae.

(Thanks for help with id Jean) Maratus pavonis


I found this striking fella on a strappy leaved grass plant (the only one in my garden) located in Melbourne (Milawa).


I first learned about these guys existence around 6 months ago and have been searching high and low ever since. So happy I finally found one.


These images just don't do this guy justice he was so very beautiful in person. Next time I hope to get some better images highlighting the colourful pattern on his abdomen and also including his beautiful green eyes in the same frame.


Funny with this guys eyes they don't reflect like most of the other jumpers I have photographed, its almost like they are opaque green. I love his stripey legs too and his mittens with the fancy tufts of hair. I just love everything about this guy. He was very sweet in nature too.


I did notice him signaling to a nearby female (raising his third set of legs) but she wasn't impressed whatsoever. What suprised me was just how small this one was, no more than 2-3mm.


I'm dedicating this series to my fantastic flickr mate Matt, he loves these guys as much as I do, hope you like him Matt and you find your very own at your new place :D


Taken with Mpe-65mm @ 5x magnification.


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Taken on November 19, 2010