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Peacock Spider and Columbus Pride

June 23, 2013

The Peacock spider is one of the most fabulous creatures you can find. To impress its mate, the male lifts its abdomen like a pride flag. Check out this amazing video. As we now know, such impressive traits evolved *not* because the female is frivolous, but rather as a sign of genetic health–if you are healthy enough to maintain such bright color pigments, you’ve got good genes to pass on.

We don’t know if Peacock spiders show the same-sex mating behaviour  observed in some arachnids, but human pride was on display this Saturday in Columbus:

More Parade photos here

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    June 23, 2013 5:18 pm

    Enjoyed your Pride post. Hope you had fun in Columbus. Thanks for your support!

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    • June 23, 2013 7:32 pm

      The parade was huge, and such a great spirit. The Eagle Scouts got there early to be first in line. More than half the marchers were women with children. A dozen churches were represented; they were trying to have “the biggest group.” And amazingly creative floats; I should have posted the “Deaf Association” truck with the giant hand-signs. At the end, there was an enormous street fair in Goodale Park.

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