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Tennessee | United States


Joro Spider (Spider)


Trichonephila clavata



Entry Last Edited: 06/22/2023 | Content ©www.BugsOfTennessee.com

Insect Order

ARANEAE (SPIDERS)
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.


Taxonomy

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.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Trichonephila
Species: clavata


Characteristics

Harmless insect icon
Harmless: Known to be harmless if handled with care.
Outdoor insect icon
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Eight-Legged insect icon
Eight-Legged: Eight legs are common to this insect.
Striped / Banded insect icon
Striped / Banded: Noticeable stripes or banding pattern.
Webspinner insect icon
Webspinner: Known to spin its own web; resides in a web.


Description

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


Sighting Guide

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.

41F
JAN
44F
FEB
53F
MAR
62F
APR
70F
MAY
78F
JUN
80F
JUL
79F
AUG
73F
SEP
62F
OCT
52F
NOV
44F
DEC

Size

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.

Lowest-Low:
0.28 inches
(7 mm)
Highest-High:
0.98 inches
(25 mm)


Diet

It has a typical diet of the following: other insects.

Identifying Colors

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.

YELLOW
GRAY
BLACK


Tennessee County Reach

The Joro Spider can be found in the following Tennessee counties:

Bradley; Hamilton; Meigs; Sequatchie; Smith; Sullivan


Joro Spider Picture (1)

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Image of an adult Joro Spider at rest showing detail.; Credit: Arch Baker of Georgia, USA.
This image is original to www.InsectIdentification.org; Used with Permission.

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