Return of the White Caterpillars

Gossamer white frills, multi-legged creatures, toxic fringe discouraging predators and closer inspection, prodigious appetite, covering the hickory tree, transforming it from leafed to webbed, devouring a path to metamorphosis, feeding transformation, to slumber entombed, emerging to the briefest existence, driven by a new hunger, insatiable, perpetuating the species.