Finding Love

To mate, Joro Spiders often have to take to the air

Joro spider Mating Habits

To mate, Joro spiders often have to take to the air. But what are the Joro spider mating habits? Spiders need love too, right? The trouble is how do they find their soul mate.

That’s the $64,000 question.

What experts do know is that they travel by ballooning. It’s kind of like Uber… well, it really isn’t. It’s more like going on a ride at the end of a kite. When the wind is right, they disperse some webbing. That catches the wind and off they go.

Eventually, they land. Then what?

If all goes well and they don’t land in the middle of a pond, get munched on by a flying bird, or drop in on your BBQ, right on the burning grill, then there’s hope. Given how many baby Joro spiders are doing this, the odds are that more than a few of them will land in hospitable places. They don’t all need to survive for the species to thrive.

In the University of Georgia piece, Like it or not, Joro spiders are here to stay, Byron Freeman, director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, says:

“The male has to drift in and find the female,” Freeman said. “Sometimes there’ll be four or five males on a web, sometimes there’ll be one, so the males are moving between webs. When you have a large population it seems feasible that a male could just drift from one spot to the next, but when you don’t have a lot of webs around, how does the male show up?”

While this isn’t a Joro Spider, you can get a sense of how it is done in this National Geographic video.

“The male has to drift in and find the female”

Byron Freeman
Director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History

Joro Spider

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