For some Georgia homeowners, Joros are causing considerable problems. Dawn Lane, an avid gardener in Cherokee County, says hordes of Joros began showing up in her half-acre yard in August and taking over. Now barely a shrub or flower in her yard is free of a Joro web, she said. The eaves of her home are covered as well. Altogether, she has counted more than 70 webs.
“The webs are abundant and massive, some spanning 8-10 feet from one tree to the next,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it — just the sheer number, size, and audacity of the webs.”
Unfortunately, however, entomologists say the Joro spider is here to stay.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: Autumn officially begins at 9:31 a.m. on Tuesday — the autumnal equinox. The moon will be first quarter on Wednesday. Mercury is low in the west just after sunset. Venus rises in the east two hours before sunrise. Mars rises in the east just after dark. Jupiter and Saturn are high in the southeast after dark. Jupiter will appear near the moon Thursday night and Saturn will do so on Friday.