In 2005 I stumbled across Maratus volans in Sydney and after learning that it was suspected to spread out a pair of colourful flaps I played around with it. At the time nobody had observed this behaviour, let alone photographed or filmed it, and the female was unknown to science. In 2008 I photographed its courtship display for the first time, and this sparked a passion that sustains me to this day, resulting in numerous photographs,  film clips, newly discovered species and publications in which they were named.

I hope this site will become a hub for information about peacock spiders, mostly featuring my own content but also that of others who contribute to the knowledge of peacock spiders. A place where you can see what the various species look like, how they behave, where they live and what else might be interesting about them. Ideas about how to improve it are welcome. You can contact me (Jurgen Otto)  on my email jurgenotto@optusnet.com.au

All photographs are copyright Jurgen Otto.  Non-commercial use is permitted if you credit me and provide a link to this site. For anything ommercial or if you are not sure get in touch.

For videos visit my YouTube channel , for still images my flickr site, and fore news, updates and regular posts my Facebook page