Seminar: The Tiny Flamboyance of the Peacock Spiders
Speaker: Joseph Schubert Melbourne Museum Legacy Registration Officer, Entomology department.
While the Australian peacock spiders are only the length of a grain of rice, they are some of the most charismatic and colourful spiders that the world has to offer. The males perform elaborate courtship displays, boasting their brilliant colours to impress females (hence the name ‘peacock’ spiders). At least 70 species have been discovered in the past 10 years, and there are likely still some which are yet to be discovered. Peacock spider scientist Joseph Schubert will discuss his research on this flamboyant group of native Australian spiders, outlining their fascinating biology and behaviour.
Field Trip: The Tiny Flamboyance of the Peacock Spiders
On the following Saturday, take a walk through a reserve with Joseph and learn about habitat requirements for insects and arachnids and macro invertebrate lifeforms. Discover the important role these lifeforms contribute to woodland and forest health. This field trip is in addition to The Tiny Flamboyance of the Peacock Spiders seminar, which you will need to attend prior.
Date: Saturday February 8 2020
Time: 10.00 am to 12 noon
Location: The meeting place will be revealed to you at the seminar.