Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oct 21, 2014: Wooly Bear

The Woolly Bear is one of the most familiar caterpillars, wandering across the trails. They are most conspicuous around the time of the first frosts and then with the return of warmer temperatures in Spring. I have also seen them on "warmer" days in Winter. According to an "old husband's" tale, the width of the orange band can be used to predict the severity of the coming Winter, with narrower bands forecasting colder winters. These caterpillars overwinter under leaf litter and other material. They will eventually pupate into Isabella Tiger Moths (Pyrrharctia isabella). 10/16/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

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