2020: the hits keep on coming. First, it was “murder hornets.” Now it’s giant spiders who are apparently big enough to kill a hummingbird.
According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the Joro Spider (which is native to Japan, Korea and China) has been spotted in Georgia. They grow to 5 inches long and create a web several feet high and wide. They aren’t deadly to humans, but a bite from one would be painful.
University of Georgia agriculture extension agent James Murphy told WSB that the spiders may have found their way to the states on board internationally shipped crates that arrived in Atlanta.
A number of people who have seen the Joro Spider have shared photos to social media.