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Friday, April 24, 2009

Seeing a Woolly Bear Caterpillar out of season!

I am not sure what this means. Usually you see woolly bear caterpillars in the autumn. they are said to be able to predict the upcoming winter conditions. According to folklore of the United States, it is believed that if a woolly bear caterpillar's orange stripe is thick, the winter weather will be mild and if the orange stripes are narrow, the winter will be severe. I am not sure what a springtime woolly bear would be predicting, do you???

This particular woolly bear I find to be interesting because of his long grey hairs too... I have not really seen this before. Whatever he is predicting, I want to believe. He seems old and wise... for a caterpillar ;)


Babooshka said...

That is a stunning close up and just how cute is it.

asliceofawesome said...

Excellent photo! We actually see a lot of them on the east coast in the spring. I was told growing up that the brown stripes were for sunny days and the black meant bad weather.

It's just reminded me of all the times we tried to sneak them into our desks after recess. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Abe Lincoln said...

He is a nice looking woolly bear. I would say he predicts a long winter. Maybe this one is talking in the past tense.

Small City Scenes said...

I thought he was covered in frost. Maybe there is a different type od Wolly Bear---and you discovered it!!! LOL MB