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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

    In metro Atlanta, Jennifer Turpin — a self-described arachnophobe — stopped blowing leaves in her yard after inadvertently walking into a web created by the Joro spider. Stephen Carter has avoided a walking trail along the Chattahoochee River where he encountered Joro webs every dozen steps. Farther east in Winterville, Georgia, Will Hudson's front porch became unusable amid an abundance of Joro webs 10 feet (3 meters) deep.

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    Looks like it's about the same size as a banana spider --
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    • #3
      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

          “This year, I have several hundred, and they actually make the place look spooky with all the messy webs — like a scene out of ‘Arachnophobia.’”

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          • #6
            Don't recall spider sizes in Florida but their grasshoppers are the size of Mike Tyson.

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            • #7
              I read somewhere that these guys can't hurt humans because of their fang size

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              • #8
                Originally posted by swaiy View Post
                I read somewhere that these guys can't hurt humans because of their fang size
                I've read the same thing -- still, with few predators, their numbers are increasing and it would suck having dozens of them (and their webs) on your porch.... would be "free Halloween decorations", I suppose...

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