Araneae, comprising spiders, are one of the most intimidating orders of insects to the casual observer. This predatory group is made up of roughly 3,400 species in the United States and Canada. Some are webspinners while others are not, and some are completely harmless (and beneficial) while others are not. Classic examples of spiders include garden-loving Orb Weavers, the common House Spider, the identifiable Black Widow, the mighty Wolf Spider, and the venomous Brown Recluse. Eight legs typically differentiate Araneae insects from other orders.
The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Trichonephila clavata.
Harmless: Known to be harmless if handled with care.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Eight-Legged: Eight legs are common to this insect.
Striped / Banded: Noticeable stripes or banding pattern.
Webspinner: Known to spin its own web; resides in a web.
The Joro Spider has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
yellow   black   gray   grey   outdoors   harmless   eight-legged   web   striped   stripes   large   hairy   fuzzy   furry   blue
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Joro Spider. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.28 inches (7 mm)
0.98 inches (25 mm)
It has a typical diet of the following: other insects.
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Joro Spider. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Joro Spider can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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