Meet The Joro Spider

The Joro spider has striking red and yellow markings. It can weave golden, orb-like webs that stretch as much as 10 feet long. And the spider, native to Asia, has made its way to American shores and is currently invading Georgia.

Americans living in the counties surrounding Atlanta in the north of the state have reported a shocking proliferation of these brightly colored spiders. Their golden webs drape across mailboxes, block off porches, and glimmer along power lines.

So, what is the Joro spider? Is it dangerous? And how will it impact the ecosystem in the United States?…

…The most defining characteristic of the Joro spider is its web. An “orb weaver” spider, they spin highly symmetrical and circular webs. These webs are tough to miss: bright golden and up to ten feet wide, they glimmer and glint under the sun…

Though the Joro spider is venomous, it won’t bite humans unless it feels threatened. Even then, the bite of a Joro spider isn’t fatal — though it can be very painful…

Although the spiders are only found in the southern United States at present, other Americans might catch a glimpse of their golden webs soon. Females are currently laying thousands of eggs. And when spring comes, the wind will pick them up and spread the Joro spider even farther next season.

Something to look forward to, eh?