Georgia Sees Millions Of Invasive “Palm-Size” Spiders

CBS News reports:

A large spider native to East Asia has spun its thick, golden web on power lines, porches and vegetable patches all over north Georgia this year — a proliferation that has driven some unnerved homeowners indoors and prompted a flood of anxious social media posts.

Millions of the large spiders have spun three-dimensional golden webs in roughly 25 counties, according to the University of Georgia. The Joro — Trichonephila clavata — is part of a group of spiders known as orb weavers for their highly organized, wheel-shaped webs.

It’s not clear exactly how and when the first Joro spider arrived in the U.S. CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reported it is believed the spiders arrived in a shipping container that was dropped off somewhere along Interstate 85 in Georgia.

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