Woolly Bear Caterpillar… I’ve heard old wives tales that the color of a Woolly Bear Caterpillar is indicative of what the up-coming winter will be in that area. This docile little bear will turn into an Isabella Tiger Moth. …From a bear to a tiger… not bad!
Image take in SW Virginia (USA) in the middle Appalachian Mnts. www.chstudios.net
Camera Info.- Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
“Rise and Shine Sleepyhead!”
By Deb Lambert

I see you there, curled up comfortably,
snoozing away… seemingly unconcerned
that I have inadvertently disturbed you.

So peaceful and snug in your silken red
and black pajamas.

Your long winter’s nap is about to end.

All young creatures need roots and wings.
Last summer gave you “roots” and spring
will give you wings of freedom.

Spring has decreed that you awaken and
spin your odd, unique cocoon, in preparation
for your metamorphosis.

It was a vigorous spring cleaning of the garden
that led to my discovery of your rumpled bed
and the tines of my rake that disturbed you.

I have an aversion to disrupting nature or
disturbing the slumber of one so at peace.
And so, I place you back beneath the leaf litter,
by the ancient, gnarled grape vine. There, to
luxuriate until May taps you on the head.

But it’s simply a matter of days before you
succumb to the blandishments of May, as she says,
“Rise and shine, sleepyhead!”

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  • CanonBall-II
    CanonBall-IIalmost 5 years ago

    This is a great picture but what does the very clear color say about this winter? Bob

  • Bob, I’ve never understood, exactly, what the colors define. What little I know is that the amount of black on the caterpillar is relative to how harsh the upcoming winter will be. I’ve seen several around that are solid black and some that are solid burnt orange. Maybe it’s a percentage thing? They have Wooly Bear Caterpillar festivals in nearby areas like Beattysville, Ky and Banner Elk, NC. I may have to do a little bug research. lol

    – Linda Costello Hinchey

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Please add country for Mother Nature’s finest group, thank you.

  • Thanks for reminding me. Some of these images I’ve had on here way before I joined your group so they wouldn’t have the USA added. I do add that to all the new images I upload. Thanks again!

    – Linda Costello Hinchey

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/10/19

  • Thank you, as well, Margaret!!

    – Linda Costello Hinchey

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