Jumping Spider Bites Cute Furry Moth



Image: Al Tuttle

To many, there are few scenarios more terrifying than the idea of being stalked by a giant, hairy spider. Of course, we humans don’t have to contend with being preyed upon by oversized arachnids in the real world, but if you were the size of an average insect, many an eight-legged critter would seem pretty intimidating.

Sadly for this moth, it didn’t notice the crafty hunter sneaking up on its fuzzy behind until it was too late. It’s hard not to pity the moth – but a spider has to eat, after all. Here we see it sinking its fangs into the hapless victim.

Spiders can be pretty scary looking creatures even from a distance, but macro photographs like these – in which details like the hairs and eyes are rendered in incredible detail – reveal just how much more menacing they appear up close and personal. And you can times that by ten if you happen to be on the menu!


Image: Al Tuttle

Introducing: the victim. Here we have the unsuspecting night moth – possibly a pink-striped oakworm moth (Anisota virginiensis) judging by its markings. This particular species is a silk moth that’s regarded as a pest, thanks to its habit of stripping the leaves from trees in forests.

Generally speaking, moths are perhaps best known for their habit of munching through your favorite clothes (although it’s actually the larvae that do the damage) and, of course, for fluttering manically around light sources. In the popular imagination, moths are also considered to be omens of death – which in a way this one is: it’s just that the death is its own.

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