Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#595034
crab spider w/ crowned slug caterpillar - Misumena vatia

crab spider w/ crowned slug caterpillar - Misumena vatia
Donalds, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
November 14, 2011

Interesting!
Did the venomous spines deter the spider? Or did the spider actually kill the caterpillar? Or were they strangers passing in the night?

 
dead caterpillar
I first saw the pair on 11/12/11 and posted a photo on Flickr where Lynette S remarked that she thought the caterpillar was likely already dead. So, two days later (today) I went back to the same spot and lo and behold the two were still there! ...the spider was still protecting its prey with the caterpillar looking even more deflated.

 
legs
This is an amazing photo and situation. I noticed that the spider has lost many of her legs, both of the largest front legs (L&R) are gone, as well as leg 2 on the spider's left side. I wonder if she lost them in the encounter with this armored prey (seems unlikely), or was reduced to scavenging after the loss of so many legs? These largest legs are the primary raptorial weapons of these spiders, hard to imagine how they could capture prey without them.

 
Thanks Kim
I posted your image on the family info page.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.