hickory tussock


Unidentified spider presumably caught and killed a hickory tussock moth larva. The fuzzy caterpillar was found in the clutch of this spider, the spider did not back away from his kill even when I shoved my macro lens right in his face. It did eventually back away and use its front arms to brush its face.  The tussock moth larva are supposedly covered in barbed hairs that are very irritating.
My best friend can detest to this, she once brushed against one sitting on a leaf and was left with a small, red, raised painful spot on her leg. She said it felt like a burn.

When I left the scene an ant had begun circling the carcass, the next day the dead bug was gone.