Is the Joro Spider Venomous? Numbers of Large Invasive Species Explode in Georgia

Sightings of the Joro spider, a large, invasive species that was spotted in Georgia for the first time less than a decade ago, are on the rise in the state.

The spider is distinctive not only for its size, with individuals measuring approximately three inches across, but also for its striking colors.

Bright yellow, orange and black stripes criss-cross their legs, while their bodies are predominantly yellow with dark blue and red markings.

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