A Day In The Life

By Irish59


Meet the caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth, also known as the Woolly Bear. It may look soft and cuddly but they’re actually bristly to the touch. Their reddish brown and black bands vary in size which is why some believe they can forecast the severity of the upcoming winter. No kidding! • Folklore says the wider the reddish band, the milder the winter • I found this one inching its way across the back patio, right where we were working in the backyard. It took several tries but I finally got him on a stick and relocated him under a winterberry bush, aka WBR (woolly bear rescue) • The moth, btw, doesn’t eat and only lives for a week. Just long enough to lay eggs. The woolly bear actually overwinters by stopping its heart, freezes, then thaws in the spring before jumpstarting its heart back to life ~ miraculous! • Thinking of all those Floridians in Hurricane Ian’s path, with a special shoutout to Maura and Family to remain safe, out of harm’s way • It must be 5 o’clock somewhere! A G&T sounds very tasty right now :)

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