Skip to main content
Skip to main menu


Georgia Museum of Natural History conducted the analysis, looking for more sightings

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:02am
Joro Spider

When Wesley Huffmaster spotted a big, brightly colored and boldly patterned spider near his home in Colbert last fall, he knew it was unusual. Analysis of its physical characteristics and DNA by scientists at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at the University of Georgia have proven him right, confirming the first known occurrence in North America of Nephila clavata, the East Asian Joro spider. Their findings appear in the online open access journal PeerJ.

Type of News/Audience:


Associate Curator & Collection Manager, UGA Collection of Arthropods

Support us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. 

Click here to learn more about giving

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.