Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Woolly Bear Caterpillar has long been associated with predicting the upcoming winter in the eastern US and Canada. We always find these little guys in the fall trying to find a good spot to winter over and invariably the kids love to hold them (as do I) and carry them around for awhile watching how they curl up in a ball or climb and tickle the inside of your arm. They eventually turn into a not so spectacular moth with a spectacular name- the Tiger moth- grrrrr...
So anyway the winter prediction is if the brown band is nice and wide it will be a mild winter and if the brown stripe is narrow it will be a hard winter. This little fellow is the third caterpillar I have found and they all have had wide brown stripes. So we'll see how we fair this winter.
Here is more info on the woolly bear :)