Documenting nature in the Amazon through photographs and sketches

dancing jumping spider

Garden, Jardim Paulista, Manaus

The courtship behavior of jumping spiders is amazing, the male dances and produces noises to impress the female. The male in this photograph is dancing in front of the female, he extends his legs, moves them quite rapidly, tiptoes to one side and the other.  These spiders are in the subfamily Lyssomaninae and are usually found on the underside of leaves, where they blend with the surroundings.

Garden, Jardim Paulista, Manaus

Garden, Jardim Paulista, Manaus

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2 responses

  1. What’s even more amazing is that the male must do the dance precisely correctly in order to convince the female that he is not only a worthy mate, but also not a meal!

    The first photo is superb!

    20/10/2011 at 6:26 pm

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