Posting this local because I know there are many around here.. Ever drive down the road and see these huge spider web looking nests in tree limbs? Checked one out and it's some kind of worm. Googled it and can't find anything. Catfish bait? Not big enough to do like Catalpa Worms but maybe a handfull netted and smashed? My luck they are probably poisionous or something..
Yes you're right they are caterpillars of some kind. They have hair. But still can't find out what kind. Last time i picked up a big ol hairy caterpiller... My whole hand broke out in a rash. Appears some hairs act like spikes as a defense mechanism.. Thought I would find out first this time...
That looks pretty close... And yeah the one I picked up a year or two ago was a big one. Maybe 1/2" wide and3-4" long. Had long black hair. Didn't think a thing about it. No pain. A can't remember seeing anything. But it might be like a porcupine. A very small barb that breaks off. I don't know. I know it wasn't pleasant afterwards. The woods just aren't fun anymore...!!! Don't eat the mushrooms, Don't play with the hairy worms, Don't roll around in the 3-5 leaved grass! If you see a nest or worms on the ground, get away.. Had two children digging worms to go fishing. Apparently one kept saying they were biting him. Turned out to be a nest of snakes...I try to teach my kids to have a blast in nature but always let your eyes go wherever you go first.
James ,if you are talking about the worms i think you are around here they are just called bag worms .as far as i know they will not hurt you .I know i have picked them up before an they didn,t bother me