I wanted to make a quick little comparison photo to show people what Jorō spiders look like compared to other similar native species!
They're all in the orbweaver family Araneidae, which is why they're so similar! (Fun fact: There are over 50 different species of orbweavers that can be found in Georgia!)
All the photos included in this image are public domain, meaning you're allowed to save it and share it literally wherever you want! If you do share it, please do keep the links in the image so people can find the original!
If you find a spider you can't identify, you can post it to iNaturalist.org and other people will help you identify it, and you can also look through more confirmed pictures of the species to make sure it's the right one! A lot of people see any big yellow spider and think it's the Jorō spider, but there are many more native species that resemble it than people think!
None of these spiders are dangerous to people, and besides the invasive Jorō spider, they're great to find in the garden!
Here's the links for the observations these photos are from if you want to save the original in better quality: