Invasive Organisms

Ryan Lofton and Mason Mitchell, Layout Editor, Writer

We all know what organisms are; well, if you don’t, this is what they are: An organism is an individual animal, plant, or single-celled life form. Organisms play an important role in literally everything to ever exists, but there aren’t just good ones. Invasive organisms are organisms that are not common to their area and they harm their new environment. This can tamper with the ecosystem and the food chain due to differences in their diet and needs.

One very important and current invasive species is the massive Joro Spider, which is slowly making its way up to the east coast. Unlike most invasive spiders that make it to the US, the Joro Spider can survive very cold temperatures, making it a threat. Currently, at the time of writing, it has only been sighted in Georgia and South Carolina. This spider is not just invasive, but also terrifyingly large. These spiders can average up to about 3 inches in length. The Joro Spider came all the way from Japan, but it is unknown how it managed to get here. 

One of the most invasive species on the planet is the Japanese Stilt Grass. This specific grass originated from Japan, Korea, and Malaysia. It has then traveled to the US because people tried to use the fibers from the plant to put into boxes for transportation, and when it was thrown away, just a bit of rain was all it took to start the so-called “invasion.” While these invasive species pose threats to local wildlife, hopefully we can find a way to prevent these invasive species from spreading. 


Works Cited

“Huge Invasive Spiders Native to Asia Expected to Spread along US East Coast.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 8 Mar. 2022,