Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Since yesterday was "Save A Spider Day," I should have posted about the Joro Spider, but that didn't occur to me until now. This spider has been the subject of a lot of hysterical media coverage lately. It was accidentally introduced into the southeastern US about six years ago and has established itself in parts of Georgia and South Carolina. One of the stories told about this spider is that they can transport themselves by "ballooning" on a strand of thread. What the stories don't mention is that they do it as hatchlings, just like a lot of native spiders do. Here's a short video I made about ballooning and other forms of transportation that tiny animals employ:


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