Monday, April 28, 2008

More on the flamenco-dance of the male jumping spider





This is from the recent episode of Nature on PBS:



With a high-speed camera and vibrometer in his toolkit, researcher Damian Elias, featured in Part Two of "What Females Want and Males Will Do," is able to pick up on a courtship ritual few have ever seen before. He's discovered that male jumping spiders actually perform an elaborate dance — with coordinated vibrations, no less — to woo potential partners. Part of the 26th season of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York for PBS, "What Females Want and Males Will Do" premiered over two Sundays, April 6 and 13, at 8 p.m. (check local listings). For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/nature.

And while there, browse the archives for more cool animal behavior footage from this series on sexual selection. Given that we are discussing sexual selection in class this week, I may post more of these videos here as well.



1 comments:

Emily Felts April 28, 2008 at 11:03 PM  

So awesome!

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