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  • Just in time for Halloween -- huge Joro spiders

    Georgia is experiencing an invasion of very large spiders --- three inches across with legs extended -- holy shit.

    “The webs are a real mess," said Hudson, an entomologist at the University of Georgia. “Nobody wants to come out of the door in the morning, walk down the steps and get a face full of spider web.”

    The Joro — Trichonephila clavata — is part of a group of spiders known as orb weavers for their highly organized, wheel-shaped webs. Common in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan, Joro females have colorful yellow, blue and red markings on their bodies. They can measure three inches (8 cm) across when their legs are fully extended.


    Asian spider takes hold in Georgia, sends humans scurrying

    https://news.yahoo.com/asian-spider-...134321868.html

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    Looks like it's about the same size as a banana spider --
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      Yikes! I've only spent a handful of weeks down in the South, but it seemed to me that all the bugs and creepy crawlies were a lot bigger down there than they are up here. I'm not particularly spooked by such things, but I could imagine being tripped out if you walked out your front door or back patio and saw something like that.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Requiem View Post
        Yikes! I've only spent a handful of weeks down in the South, but it seemed to me that all the bugs and creepy crawlies were a lot bigger down there than they are up here. I'm not particularly spooked by such things, but I could imagine being tripped out if you walked out your front door or back patio and saw something like that.
        I'm not a fan of spiders in general -- and certainly don't envy the man who said he estimated that he's killed 300 of them. I'd bet they eat a lot of bugs though.

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        • #5
          Another article on Joro spiders -- sounds like they're proliferating in more states than just Georgia now.



          What’s venomous, invasive and neon yellow? Meet this spider spreading across Eastern US

          https://news.yahoo.com/venomous-inva...204323962.html

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