The woolly-bear caterpillar is one of most well known cats here in Indiana. To sit a listen to the old farmers tell the rural legend is interesting at times... mainly when they are not in agreement. Some say if you see a lot of dark colored caterpillars we are going to have a bad winter.
But as I was growing up my Grandfather always said that the woolly-bear was the original caterpillar that first the Old Wives Tales started. But as time went on the stories changed from the woolly-bear to just dark caterpillars. Since I alway listened to Grand-dad I always look for the little fuzzy black and orange woolly-bear.
Saw my first one this week and as Grand-dad taught me I checked out the orange band the length of the orange band predicts the severity of the upcoming winter...a short band means a very very cold winter. Well I would really like to trade my woolly-bear in for another if anyone would like to trade :)
Sep 28, 2010 | 5:46 PM PST
The one I saw this week, looked about like the one in the picture, with what appears to be 3 light sections in the middle. Guess I will keep it around for now. I could trade some asian bugs or boxelder bugs if anyone needs more !