Woolly Bear

By: Jill Finger

Sep 07 2016

Category: Uncategorized

1 Comment

 

The first wooly bear I’ve seen this season made me a little curious, so I googled them. If there’s more rust color, it’s supposed to be a mild winter. If there’s more black, the winter will be severe, and, if the head part has a wider black stripe, the beginning od the winter will be more severe than  the end.  The caterpillar overwinters under a  rock or fallen log, waking on a warm spring day to feed. Soon it spins a cocoon and pupates.  In about two weeks, a 1.5 to 2 inch, orange-yellow Isabella Tiger Moth emerges.

This woolly bear has a wider black stripe on his head end, but the rust stripe is wider than both black stripes.  I’m predicting a mild winter. That’s my story (and my hope) and I’m sticking to it.

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One comment on “Woolly Bear”

  1. Let’s hope so as long as we get precipitation because we sure do need it!

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