Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wooly Bear Caterpillar Moth

This fuzzy little critter is seen a lot during the warm days of fall, usually crawling across paved roads. In this part of the country we call them wooly worms. They are black with a band of red-brown bristles. Superstition says the amount of black indicates the severity of the coming winter but in reality the more black you see is an indicator of how close to full growth it is. As you can tell from the photo this one is fairly young. As the weather cools it will seek a winter shelter. In it's moth stage it will have yellow-brown wings with a series of black dots. This one fell off the weed and rolled into it's protective position, so I just picked it up, laid it on my hand and snapped it's picture.

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