I’ve started a project to gather all of the photos of spiders I have taken over the last 20 years of having digital cameras, and with any luck identifying them. So tonight I find a few that I took of a spider on my front porch in 2010.
I let Google Lens have a try at it, it comes back with a very good match. The thumbnail description says
“Trichonephila clavata, also known as the Jorō spider, is a member of the golden orb-web spider genus.”
So far, so good. But the excerpt continues:
“The spider can be found throughout Japa…”
Japan? Guess that isn’t mine after all. But I click the wiki link anyway, and find that the spider is found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and–Northeast Georgia? Well, given that information I feel pretty safe saying that they are found in Northwest South Carolina, too. (Coming soon to a state near you?)
So I do a little more googling on the spider. I find a story on the South Carlina public radio site (and here is where the thread title comes in) that says females can reach up to one meter in length.
Okay, I know that’s that’s not true. But the image! I’m no arachnophobe, but have no problem admitting that I would not be happy to have my area colonized by 3 foot long fucking kaiju spiders.