Peacock Spider Mating Dance

Peacock Spider Mating Dance


[Narrator] This is the Australian
peacock jumping spider, a miracle mover who can’t
afford to put a foot wrong. He’s only the size of a grain of rice. Yes, he’s that small… which, in a place like this, means almost anything could be dangerous. (whimsical synthesized music) But in fact, the biggest threat of all is the female he’s after. The silken road to finding her is littered with the remains
of unsuccessful suitors. A stark warning that if
he doesn’t get this right, it could be his last day on the planet. (tense music) She ambushes him from behind. Now, what can he do to win her over? (whimsical waltz music) Dance, dance for his very life. He unfurls his striking
fan and begins his routine. Its elaborate shape and vibrant colors resemble a tiny peacock’s tail. But even his party
outfit and his best moves aren’t impressing her. Time to step it up a level. As is so often the case
in the mating game, it’s not the males but the
females who call the shots. (whimsical waltz music) The more compelling the dance, the more likely she is
to accept his advances. This mating ritual can go
on for up to 50 minutes. But at last, his performance
is rewarded, and they mate. He’s done his bit, and
satisfied her needs, but now, her need is over. So, she kills him anyway. After all, his body will be the perfect nourishment for their eggs.

Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Fight to the Death


[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: The Samurai scouts
bring news that there’s an army on its way. [BUZZING] They rally the troops. But it’s too late. The Bamboo Battalion is on them. The Rock Samurais are ambushed
at their own entrance. When times are tough,
giant killer hornets turn on their kind. It’s like on like,
giant on giant. Claws, stingers, and mandibles,
all weapons deployed and heads will roll. Disabling the enemy is
the primary strategy. Beheading and severing
limbs, the mandibles are the ultimate weapon of war. It’s impossible to
determine who’s winning until the pillaging starts. The marauding Bamboo
giants enter the fortress. They’re conquered
the Rock Samurais and they’ve struck gold. The precious nursery of
developing princesses is ransacked, next year’s
queens killed and cannibalized in their chambers. The sentry can do nothing
but witness the devastation of her precious family.