These Spiders Are Frightening and Beautiful At the Same Time

By Andrew Liszewski on at

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?

These Spiders Are Frightening and Beautiful At the Same Time These Spiders Are Frightening and Beautiful At the Same Time These Spiders Are Frightening and Beautiful At the Same Time

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