Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Woolly Bear Caterpillars ... Nature's Winter Weather Forecasters

Some folks believe these fuzzy caterpillars can actually predict the weather for the upcoming winter.  Every Autumn, just step outside and take a look. You usually don't have to look any further than your own backyard to find a Woolly Bear Caterpillar. Actually, lots of Woolly Bear caterpillars. Also known as Woolly Worms, these colorful insects are about an about an inch and a half to two inches in length, black at both ends, and reddish brown in the middle. According to one legend, the wider the orange band, the milder the winter will be.  On the other hand, if the black bands are wider, watch out! Winter will be cold and very snowy.
Still, other folks have other ideas about how these caterpillars predict winter weather. One is direction.  What direction are the Woolly Bears moving in? If they are moving in a northerly direction, you can expect a mild winter.  If  they are traveling south, a bad winter is definitely on the way.
   Still another theory. Are the caterpillars extremely fat & fuzzy? Then you can count on winter being bitterly cold in additon to snowy!
Hmmn, here's another one for you. Are you stumped by the photo above?  Are you scratching your head in wonderment?  What could it possible mean?  Fooled ya! I just posted this photo for fun.  All it means is that this Woolly Bear has been disturbed or feels threatened in some way.  In response it just curls up into a ball and "plays dead". 
Finally, there are many people who consider all these methods of weather forecasting nothing but hogwash with not one iota of truth to any of it.  Yet, it is kinda fun, don't you think?

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