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Joro Spider

Nephila clavata


Nephila clavata, also known as the Jorō Spider, is a member of the golden orb-web spider group. The spider can be found throughout Japan except Hokkaidō, in Korea, Taiwan and China. - from Wikipedia

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RiekoS 4 years ago

Thank you so very much!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

RiekoS 4 years ago

Thank you so much bayucca. I added the information.

bayucca 4 years ago

Nephila clavata, Joro Spider! Interesting finding indeed!

RiekoS 4 years ago

Thank you so very much ForestDragon. My "nature lover" friend told me that this is a golden silk orb weaver. It is the oldest surviving genus of spiders dating back 165 million years. Isn't it amazing?

ForestDragon 4 years ago

I shared your spotting with the Facebook Bugguide page for mor opinions, as well, so far folks agree that this is N. clavata. I do not believe there are any other species that have this appearance.

Jellis 4 years ago

. I agree, but scary about these evasive species.

ForestDragon 4 years ago

You should submit this to This looks a lot like the non-native species, Nephila clavata, also called the Joro Spider. They have been confirmed as established Georgia. I don't know where else they have been recorded.

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Lat: 42.27, Long: -74.73

Spotted on Nov 22, 2015
Submitted on Nov 28, 2015

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