Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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I’ve heard woolly bear caterpillar winter weather predictions, for as long as I can remember.

I’ve heard tales like, the more black, the harder the winter will be, and if you see them crossing the road the winter will be hard.

Even if you don’t believe, I think there is something about folklore that just kinda warms the heart, don’t you think?

I have to admit though that until today, I never bothered to find out that woolly bears are Β Pyrrharctia isabella (Isabella Moth)

I found this one moseying among the weeds in the pepper garden.


Look at those feet! – Okay I’m sure that isn’t the proper term.


The color is amazing

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According to The Farmers Almanac the weather predicting folklore of these beauties was made famous in 1948 by Dr. C.H. Curran. Β Read more here.

Did you grow up hearing Wooly Bear Folklore?

See you later, Bye!


12 thoughts on “what does the woolly bear say

  1. says:

    Never ever heard of wooly bear caterpillars. I wonder if we even have any. He has a fair amount of black on him. What’s he gonna do for socks and shoes? I don’t think Nike makes shoes that small.


    1. LOL oh Linda, he is gonna tuck all those feet up under that fur and go to sleep. Maybe you are too far south for them. Go out to the garden and look for them right now. πŸ™‚


  2. JC says:

    Hi Kim. Glad to see your pic’s and read your blog again!!!! If it wasn’t for your amazing eye and camera lense i would have never seen those little guys feet. SOOO cool!! I wish to see NO black on those little wooly boogers! -Peace-


    1. No black is my vote too, or I’m packing my bags and heading south. Charles bringing me to see you tomorrow – yeah, seems there is too much grey in my life. Dr. has me so stoned I don’t care though. xok


  3. Debra says:

    The photos are amazing.


    1. Debra – thank you.xok


  4. Love these sweet pics! And those tiny tiny feet~ how cute is that? So good to hear from you πŸ™‚


    1. Ah my nature girl artist – how are you? Bet you know the correct term for those feet! HA! One day at a time… xxook


  5. Winter Owls says:

    Absolutely stunning photographs! The detail is amazing.


    1. Thanks Jen – πŸ™‚


  6. Oh goodness, if that’s true we will have a very harsh winter in the Northeast!! The one my husband and I saw the other day was so big I thought it was fake, and almost all black. Sigh……a lot of shoveling may be on my winter to-do list!


    1. Staci – sounds like you better get your long underwear and the shovels in shipshape!! I don’t do winter so well, I’m a warm weather girl. How do the chickens do in the snow?


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