An extended family of very fuzzy, black & white caterpillars gathers together for a meal. Available to each one are zillions of leaves on a very large tree, but evidently they prefer close company while they eat, so they are all right here on this leaf.
These gregarious fellows remind me of short strings of beads, and most of the beads display funny, little faces.
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What the camera saw:
What a bystander would see:
They were gone when I returned to take this, so don’t trouble to search for them. The feast only lasted a few days, and they only skeletonized maybe a dozen leaves.
Perhaps they became the main course for someone else’s summer picnic. Or, more hopefully, perhaps this was the final meal of this lifetime, and they now lie comfortably, each within a butterfly womb.
(Of course, these might be moth caterpillars. I tried to identify these, but with no success. If someone can, let me know, please.)
[Update: It looks like they were Hickory Tussock moth caterpillars.]