This Australian Spider Is Frightening And Beautiful At The Same Time

If you have a fear of spiders, you might not want to click through. But if you have a love for bright, colourful objects, then go right ahead!

This is a peacock spider, found only in small parts of Australia. Each one of these flamboyant creepy-crawlies was photographed by Jurgen Otto with a Canon 5D Mark III. In the photos, the spiders seem quite large, but they are actually not much bigger than houseflies. And those wildly coloured flaps — they're displayed during the spiders' mating rituals. Who would turn down that getup?

Check out a full gallery of peacock spiders at Jurgen Otto's Flickr page. [Flickr via My Modern Met]

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