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There are over 1 million identified species of insects and spiders in the world with many more still awaiting discovery.

Insects provide a vastly overlooked - and often times misunderstood - window into our fragile ecosystem that involves the perfect balance of millions of individual components. In many ways, insects allow for our comfortable existence by providing a plethora of benefits including consumable goods, insect population control, and answers to science's lingering questions - understanding insects is a small step to understanding the very world we live in.

The Joro Spider

Full-color image of a Joro Spider, view from above

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Native to eastern Asia, the Joro Spider was first found in Georgia in 2014. The size, colors, and novelty of the Joro Spider often draw comparisons to Banana Spiders. The spider is large enough to cover the palm of an adult's hand and its colors are visually striking. The abdomen is covered in bright yellow and blue-gray stripes and its long, slender legs have wide black and yellow bands. The belly has a bright red spot on it. Its silk is a yellow-orange color, and it spins golden webs in forests as well as backyard foliage. Webs are typically found at waist and knee-height.

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