Thursday, October 8, 2009

Woolly Worm Caterpillar (Black and Brick Red)

Woolly worms! Known in North Carolina as the caterpillar that predicts the weather by the lay of their black and reddish brown stripes. here's a little info on them I ganked from the Woolly Worm Festival site:

"The woolly worm (also spelled “wooly worm”) is actually a caterpillar or the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth. The tiger moth belongs to the arctiidae family, which has 11,000 species of moths around the world. The tiger moth is a beautiful creature with bright colors such as scarlet, yellow, orange, and white and rich hues ranging from black to beige. Equally as bright and beautiful, the woolly worm may have a burnt orange color in the middle and it may be black on both ends. Some woolly worms, however, are completely black or completely brown. In some parts of the world, it is believed that the severity of the winter can be predicted by the intensity of the black on the Isabella tiger moth’s larvae (caterpillar). In the American Northeast, it is believed that if the woolly worm has more brown on its body than black, it will be a fair winter. If the woolly worm has more black than brown, the winter will be harsh."Looks like our winter won't be so harsh this year, except right at the beginning! :)


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