(Wooly bear caterpillar. October 2008. Photo © Robin)
The other day Bo at Seeded Earth mentioned the wooly bear caterpillars. I hadn’t yet seen any this month so I went out on a hunt. Lucky me, it was an easy and successful hunt. I found one crawling along the back of the house.
As Bo wrote, legend has it that the wooly bear caterpillar can predict whether or not the upcoming winter will be mild or severe. The wider the middle brown band, the milder the winter.
There’s a great webpage about the wooly bear and its weather forecasting abilities here.
Every year in October, in a town not too far from where I live, they hold the Woolybear Festival. One of these years M and I might make it up there to attend. Just for fun and giggles.
According to the wooly bear pictured above, we’re going to have a mild winter.
I’ll let you know if this particular wooly bear’s prediction is a good one or not. So far, it has been a pretty mild autumn. Only two real frosts and one day of snow. Up until the month of February, when winter has pretty much worn out its welcome, I kind of like the snow so I hope winter isn’t too mild.