Climate Change Denial Woolly Worm

Well. It seems that our yard has become a hotbed of woolly worm climate protestors.

Bob found this guy when he went out to walk the dog the other day. By the time I got outside with the camera, he’d started to curl up:

Leopard moth caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia)

Leopard moth caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia)

He looks exactly like a regular woolly worm, but he has no brown segments. This, according to the traditional method of woolly worm winter weather prediction, means a really bad winter. But wait. Once he curled up completely, we could see that he had red stripes hidden in his fur:

Leopard moth caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia)

Leopard moth caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia)

So, clearly, he is an impostor, a Hypercompe scribonia, and not a Pyrrharctia isabella, and so cannot be relied upon for an accurate winter weather prediction.

(Whew!)

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2 responses to “Climate Change Denial Woolly Worm

  1. good grieffy, gravy! looks like serious accupuncture should you encounter one (axidentally, uv coarse) w/yore bear feet!

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    • Ann

      His fur felt like ordinary moth caterpillar fur – it only looks painfull. One of Mother Nature’s favorite defense strategies: make it look like a chestnut or a hedgehog and other critters might leave it alone.

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