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There exists an insect that I have come to fear more than any other. It has the ability to shuck its own carapace, when taken captive.

What emerges is a creature of a translucent white that then proceeds dismantle and systematically devour this former part of itself, providing itself with what I can only assume is the nourishment with which to outlast its captor. How can any man be expected to face such foes and return victorious?

Ghosted pieces of its former casing are visible within the newly nourished insect leaving it, on completion of its meal, a paler version of its original colour.

 

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