Colourful display captured
An Albany macro photographer has captured a rare peacock jumping spider on camera.
Otherwise known as Maratus karrie, the spiders are known for their tiny size and colourful mating rituals.
Some species are found only in the Great Southern.
Ross Ramm, who travels around the Great Southern to take photos of native orchids, said he was thrilled to see the spider’s bright colours.
“You need to get organised and get down on the ground trying not to disturb him and get the camera ready to take the pic,” he said.
“They are only 3-5mm long, so it’s very difficult to get the shot. I take up to 200 shots on an outing and only end up with a dozen photos that might be useful to edit.”
Paul Irvine, another macro photographer who is working on Project Maratus at the University of Western Sydney, said a biologist from NSW found another undescribed species in the region only two weeks ago. “It is truly an area that will continue to yield new finds over the coming years,” he said.
Maratus karrie performs its mating dance.