I Killed The Longbody Baby
And his little brothers and sisters, too! You think I'm hideous, don't you? Well, I'm only trying to make the world a better place.
Caterpillars, folks. Not people!
You've seen them before. The unsightly, stark white webs that form in the smaller branches of deciduous trees. Did you know that they are filled with hundreds of tiny, writhing, leaf-chomping caterpillars? And let me tell you, these little dudes are not your friends. Sure, they are harmless to humans, I even played with them as a kid, but the stark reality is, they kill trees. These little munchers consume tons of leaves per year. Then, when they are ready, they latch into a leaf or branch and begin their metamorphosis, become a moth, lay some eggs, and begin the whole hairy process again.
These critters strip trees of their leaves, leaving them powerless to conduct photosynthesis, thus causing the plant to use up all its energy trying to produce leaves.
So, yes, I kill them. I'm guilty. I killed the Longbody baby!