It’s a woolly worm winter predictor !
Or you could say it’s a Pyrrharctia isabella winter predictor ! (Just doesn’t have the same ring to it does it ?)
This little guy is said to be a predictor of winter weather. The old folks claim that the wider the middle brown section of the caterpillar, the milder the coming winter will be. A skinny band is said to predict a rough winter. I don’t see ANY brown band on this guy. Does that mean a harsh winter?
Now this is just a folklore thing. But those old farmer guys seem to be pretty serious about this type of stuff.
So is this guy right? It’s gonna be a harsh winter? And by harsh do they mean harsh on the kids that get off school and play in the snow? Snowballs. Snowmen. Sledding. Or harsh on the parents that have to put up with these crazy kids, crazy drivers? Or harsh on the poor guy outside, shoveling your sidewalk.
Andrew Freiden? Any meteorological professional opinion?