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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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Thank you so much bayucca. I added the information.
Nephila clavata, Joro Spider! Interesting finding indeed!
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?
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.
. I agree, but scary about these evasive species.
You should submit this to Bugguide.net. 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. http://bugguide.net/node/view/1981/bgpag...More info: https://peerj.com/articles/763/
Lat: 42.27, Long: -74.73
Spotted on Nov 22, 2015 Submitted on Nov 28, 2015
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