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(NBC News)   I shall play you the song of my people   (nbcnews.com) divider line 24
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2013-08-23 12:50:39 AM  
Ohhh man if he could start dancing to drum spider's music, that would be the greatest show ever!

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/They look very similar...
 
2013-08-23 01:06:28 AM  
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Spider thread! Spider thread!
Friday's starting off in good stead!
This should come as no shock-
I've been called "the arachnid peacock"!
Look out.....Here comes the spider thrrrrrread!
 
2013-08-23 04:11:37 AM  
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I can't believe this hasn't been posted yet
 
2013-08-23 04:21:15 AM  
I think I've seen that mating dance before.
 
2013-08-23 04:22:38 AM  
i2.kym-cdn.com

/Let's bring the band back together!
 
2013-08-23 04:22:41 AM  
....

Something seems off. Drum spiders eyes and forehead look almost EXACTLY the same as TFAs spider. The front legs also look damn similar, as if the pics are being taken from exactly the same viewpoint.

Anyone else see this, or am i just slow this morning?
 
2013-08-23 04:23:13 AM  

HotWingAgenda: I think I've seen that mating dance before.


Bah. Meant this.


Link
 
2013-08-23 05:17:25 AM  
Well, that was horrible. Did this guy get fired from his job writing episodes of some German Blues Clues ripoff?

/For more information on the crack spider's biatch, contact the Canadian Wildlife Service in Ottawa.
 
2013-08-23 05:22:36 AM  
I'd rather call it "the Hippie Spider" cause that's what it is.

Round colored glasses, tie-die outfit, unshaven styled beard, furry arms - hippie
 
2013-08-23 05:26:32 AM  
lifts up its legs alternately like an air traffic controller,

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-08-23 05:26:47 AM  
Is it time for a spider thread?  Let's check...

media.urbandictionary.com
 
2013-08-23 06:11:32 AM  
Did anyone else see a grey/green skull on the spider flap in the video? It looked kinda like a tie dye pirate flag!
 
2013-08-23 06:21:29 AM  
www.piccer.nl
 
2013-08-23 06:39:57 AM  

Smoking GNU: ....

Something seems off. Drum spiders eyes and forehead look almost EXACTLY the same as TFAs spider. The front legs also look damn similar, as if the pics are being taken from exactly the same viewpoint.

Anyone else see this, or am i just slow this morning?


Pretty sure the drum spider gif was taken from that video clip.  That video's been around for a while.
 
2013-08-23 07:54:52 AM  
Spider-dance, spider-dance
Makes lady spiders drop their pants
 
2013-08-23 08:40:05 AM  
 
2013-08-23 08:58:53 AM  

thamike: lifts up its legs alternately like an air traffic controller,

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Yeah, my entire time in ATC we used the light gun once, for a WWI biplane that wanted to go for a quick lap.
 
2013-08-23 10:18:18 AM  
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2013-08-23 11:21:50 AM  
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2013-08-23 11:22:42 AM  
i457.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-23 12:12:39 PM  
The fact that they are only 4mm makes them even more amazing, This give a good example of scale.
i.livescience.com
 
2013-08-23 12:12:43 PM  
The video posted in TFA has a glorious payoff of the mating dance at about the 3:00 mark.
 
2013-08-23 12:22:14 PM  
img35.imageshack.us
 
2013-08-23 02:04:43 PM  

Smoking GNU: ....

Something seems off. Drum spiders eyes and forehead look almost EXACTLY the same as TFAs spider. The front legs also look damn similar, as if the pics are being taken from exactly the same viewpoint.

Anyone else see this, or am i just slow this morning?


It's not just you--Drum Spider is another example of Maratus volans, the peacock spider (some examples here).

Pretty much I tend to refer to the whole darn clade as "Nature's teeny-tiny Tachikomas"--not just because the actual design of Tachikomas (and Fuchikomas and Uchikomas and other spidey-bot-komas) were based on jumping spiders, but their general sense of curiosity about the world is rather Tachikoma-esque.  (They're pretty much the one spider I WILLINGLY welcome into the house, even the bedroom; they're pretty much harmless to people thanks to being tiny, they like to eat bugs, and they're pretty entertaining and fascinating little things.)
 
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