Woolly Bear Forecast (Reprise) — pat morss

I posted this on GMG Saturday afternoon. It was followed by a very large posting that slid it and others down the page, and shortly off the recent postings on the live website. Joey approved a re-posting, but apologies if this is a repeat.

Woolly Bear Folklore:

“The longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be. … If the head end of the caterpillar is dark, the beginning of winter will be severe. If the tail end is dark, the end of winter will be cold.”

You be the judge.  Also, I always wondered if they turned into beautiful moths or butterflies (see first two photos).

This Woolly Bear was out for a walk with us – head at upper left
He’ll turn into an Isabella Tiger moth (thank you Internet)
A Red-tailed Hawk hovering over its dinner on the Audubon land
Speaking of dinner – is this a keeper?
Another walking companion
Can you still see me?
And speaking of deer – the elegant visitor ‘Deer Dancer’
A Turkey Vulture scouting for road kill, or something fresher
This month is apple-picking season
The Turtles’ favorite rock is finally visible, but tight for a three-some (see 3 heads)
Looks like a good year for Monarchs assembling for their flight to Mexico
Gulls lit by the setting sun
And another impressive sunset over Lighthouse Cove mooring field

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