Trichonephila clavata
(Joro spider)

Picture ID 45663

Picture of Trichonephila clavata (Joro spider) - Dorsal

Comments & ID Thoughts

This definitely looks like some kind of Orb Weaver. It was about the size of a full grown Argiope aurantia (Black and Yellow Garden Spider). According to a USA Today article, "Spider species makes 1st U.S. appearance in Georgia", this very well might be an East Asian Joro spider. I spotted it up in a tree, while I was on a ladder. It was getting dark and the wind was blowing. It was hard to capture a decent image.

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ItsyBitsy

I agree, this is a Joro Spider Nephila clavata. 🙂

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