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Thread: Woolly Bear Caterpillar Sightings?

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    Woolly Bear Caterpillar Sightings?

    Have the Wisconsin people sighted any woolly bear caterpillars yet? I remember you could always tell how bad the winters were going to be. They were never wrong. So funny to see a herd of the furry little beasties crossing the road. My kids used to gather them up and help them get to the other side.

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    Our local tv station weatherman had a segment on this last week. The wooly worm was brown near the head, the rest of its body was black ... indicating a hard winter in the northern Missouri area. Last year the wooly worm was a brown all over and we had a very mild winter with snow only twice. The Farmer's Almanac is also indicating a cold winter. Don't think I'm quite ready for this forecast.
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    No sightings here in NC either. Each October we have the Wooly Worm Festival up in Banner Elk. If the size of the acorns is a sign of things to come, we're gonna be in trouble!!

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    I always thought the Woolly Bear prediction was a Wisconsin thing, like cheesecurds, Schlitz, and brats at McDonalds. Shame on me! ~

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    We don't see many of them. Here they open wild persimmons to predict snow and how much. We have two of them and I hate them, Husband doesn't want to cut down the trees. They make a mushy, nasty mess and slippery if you step on one.
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    Actually I have not seen any yet this year some years (I also see them crossing the road I will keep watching!

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    I`m in mid Wisconsin, we are watching for them, but so far I haven`t seen any. Will keep looking!

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    We get the little blighters here! It is spring just now and for the past few weeks I have been picking what seems like hundreds off my silverbeets...AARGH.

    We have a gum tree called a Marri....the Aboriginal people say if you get heavy blossoms, winter will be very wet. Must say...it's pretty accurate.

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    Just came inside about 10 minutes ago. There was one (wooly bear) on the peony leaf. What I've heard predicted for this winter is little snow but brutally cold. Considering weather people with all their sophisticated equipment can't reliably predict what's going to happen tomorrow, I don't take a lot of stock in what's said. We'll get what we get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Just came inside about 10 minutes ago. There was one (wooly bear) on the peony leaf.
    Do you remember what color the wooly bear was? ~

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    I saw one the other day here in Mid-Michigan and it was black on both ends & brown in the middle. he was crawling along the deck. they are too cute & make me smile.

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    I saw one (here in Massachusetts) a few weeks ago that was black from head to toe. If the amount of black indicates how "bad" or cold the winter is going to be, this does not bode well....However, I saw a few more a couple days ago and they had brown heads and tails...SO....not sure. As someone said "We'll get what we get"

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    I saw a 'woolly caterpillar' last week in Vancouver, WA. It was all white - what does that mean????

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayluvs2quilt View Post
    I saw a 'woolly caterpillar' last week in Vancouver, WA. It was all white - what does that mean????
    It was trying on its Halloween costume? ~

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    Are you sure it was a "wooly catepillar"?

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    We have the little woolies here in Colorado too, but as of yet have not seen any. Will keep looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattieMae View Post
    It was trying on its Halloween costume? ~
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    The only one I've seen was totally black!
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    Haven't seen one yet. Some people are sensitive to the little spikey hair, so if you are not sure, pick them up with a leaf.
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    I've seen one here in KY. Black on each end and brown in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattieMae View Post
    I always thought the Woolly Bear prediction was a Wisconsin thing, like cheesecurds, Schlitz, and brats at McDonalds. Shame on me! ~
    Never seen a woolly bear (grew up in northwest PA), but lots of brats and not just at McDonald's!
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    I saw two this past month. First one was a little black at the head and the rest was brown and the one yesterday was more than 1/3 black in the front, less than a 1/3 brown in the middle and short black on the tail. Winter!

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    Found one yesterday. Head was black rest was brown. NYS

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    I'll be back in Wisconsin next week. I'll keep an eye out.

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    they make great cookies. had a neighbor in Ca that always let me come over and pick a bunch. I would mash them and freeze it til I was ready to make the cookies.

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