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Local Experts: Human Hand-Size Giant Spiders Can Soon Be On NYC Streets

Abdul Ghani

Spiders the size of your hand that "balloon" across the skies on three-foot silken webs and hitchhike on cars, trucks, and buses are shortly to arrive in New York City.

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No, that's not a scene from the newest science fiction thriller. Though they have been moving throughout the country, giant Joro spiders are expected to soon arrive in New York City, according to experts.

Ecologist At Rutgers University And Vice President of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

José R. Ramírez-Garofalo, an ecologist at Rutgers University's Lockwood Lab and vice president of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on Staten Island, said they will be difficult to overlook. Ramírez-Garofalo lives in Fort Wadsworth.

Male Joros are roughly half that size, but females can grow up to 8 inches in length, according to Ramírez-Garofalo.

Originating from East Asian nations like China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, it is believed that they entered the United States via cargo ships in 2013 when they were found in Georgia.


Ballooning In Spider Web

According to Clemson University research, since then, they have migrated from most of Georgia into Tennessee and the Carolinas, with further sightings in Maryland and even as far west as Oklahoma.

According to Ramírez-Garofalo, the Joros' ecological "invasion" process is comparable to what residents of Staten Island have observed with spotted lanternflies. According to him, they employ a passive method of dispersal known as "ballooning," in which they launch a section of the web into the wind and soar through the air for many miles.

Nevertheless, the black-and-yellow spiders may also board vehicles, which makes moving from one state to another easy.


Joros Are Highly Invasive Spiders

According to experts, joros are highly invasive and will consume practically anything that they catch in their web, including other spiders, flies, stink bugs, and mosquitoes.

They will have little to no impact on the regional food webs and ecosystems, according to other scientists, including those at the University of Georgia. According to UGA Today, a University of Georgia magazine, they may even be seen as advantageous because they help reduce pests by feeding on plant pests and providing food for birds and other predators.

Furthermore, according to Ramírez-Garofalo, despite their venom, it is not medically relevant. He also mentioned how reluctant they are to bite people.


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