Over the years, we've moved to different areas, and once routine woolly bear sightings became rare. Imagine my delight when I saw five of these caterpillars this weekend.
I posted the following picture on Facebook Saturday. This was one of the caterpillars I came across.
A few friends of mine discussed the winter ramifications of the stripes. A narrow brown band supposedly means a harsh winter while a wide brown band signifies a mild winter. One problem? This one had a black band rather than a brown band. The colors had flip-flopped! The other woolly bears I saw had the traditional black bands with a wide brown stripe.
|Woolly bears typically have two black sections flanking a light brown section. This one has two brown sections flanking a narrow black stripe.|
Here are a few links to learn more about the cute woolly bear caterpillars.
Do you remember any special insect from your childhood? How do you predict a mild or severe winter?
Have a lovely Monday!!