woolly-caterpillar

And there we go, the Woolly bear caterpillar pokemon, Woolarc, and its evos -v-

So much blue and orange rip

Woolarc are about 5" long and would rather do nothing but chill on your shoulder while nomming on a snack. Their soft fur also have flexible spines mixed in for self defense, so don’t mindlessly start petting them or you’ll certainly be in for a surprise.

Are Pyrrcoons named for their massive fur clump or their habit of squeaking and purring or both? Who a know. They’re very sedentary, which also makes them pretty heavy for their size, which is roughly a square foot of bristly fur. Their antennae help it detect weather and temperature accurately, which makes it a favorite among meteorologists.

Isbelloths are quick and zippy. Finally free to fly around, they’re energetic and really tough to handle. They can use their wings to blow chilling gusts in addition to using them to shed ice scales that pellet foes like hail. But at the end of the day, they like nothing more than to snuggle up on a tree (or their trainer) and sleep. Isbelloths have a 3ft wingspan.

Bug of the Day

A nice woolly bear caterpillar (Isabella Tiger Moth, Pyrrharctia isabella) that I found on my porch screen last week. People used to use the size of the brown stripe of a woolly bear caterpillar to predict the weather each winter, with a smaller brown stripe meaning a long, nasty winter. If that were true, last year’s woolly bear caterpillars would have all been completely black :-).

Update: Wow. @thesouthpawshuffle just pointed me to The Woolly Worm Festival held in North Carolina every year: http://www.woollyworm.com/

I found this cutie munching in my front yard.
Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillar I think -Pyrrharctia isabella.

If you’ve never heard of the Woolly Worm Festival, you should look at this page http://www.woollyworm.com because it is just about the cutest thing in history.

An excerpt:
“…since 1978, the residents of the village nestled between the Carolina’s largest ski resorts have celebrated the coming of the snow season with a Woolly Worm Festival. They set aside the third weekend in October to determine which one worm will have the honor of predicting the severity of the coming winter; and they make that worm earn the honor by winning heat after heat of hard-fought races – up a three-foot length of string.”

Happy fall!

I raised these Woolly Bear caterpillars from eggs. Folklore says that the amount of brown to black in the caterpillar indicated the severity of the upcoming winter. In reality, hatchlings from the same brood can display considerable variation in their color distribution and their brown band tends to grow with age. To see more photo from their earlier stages view @mothwhispergallery

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