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Wooly bear prediction

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Saw my first Pennsylvania wooly bear caterpillar  yesterday, wide brown band and small black ends, predicting a mild winter.
 
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The one I saw a few weeks ago crossing my driveway jad tiny brown section on head, small black stripe, and one very large brown area.   Only one small black stripe instead of two black stripes.  Not sure what that means but it can not be good for winter snow sports. 
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I saw a one-legged duck flying from left to right yesterday. Clearly that means there will be flurries in Missoula on January 16 from 9:30 until 11:15.
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Family: Arctiidae, Tiger Moths

Description Wingspan 1 5/8-2" (40-50 mm). Fore wings yellow-brown with a series or row of small black dots. Hind wings slightly paler, slightly pinkish with several indistinct gray dots. Abdomen has 3 black spots above on rear edge of each segment. Caterpillar, to 2 1/8" (55 mm), is black, covered with stiff bristles, and has a broad band of red-brown bristles around the middle.

Life Cycle Caterpillar feeds on low herbaceous plants of many kinds, mostly wild; it seldom attacks crops or ornamentals.

Flight June-August in the North, February-November in the South.

Habitat Meadows, pastures, uncultivated fields, and road edges.

Range Throughout North America, except northern Canada.

Discussion Familiar since Colonial times as the "Woolly Bear," the caterpillar is often seen crossing roads and paths on warm days in late fall. According to superstition, the amount of black in the caterpillar's bristle coating forecasts the severity of the coming winter. Actually, the coloration indicates how near the caterpillar is to full growth before autumn weather stimulates it to seek a winter shelter.

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Would that be AM or PM?

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I saw a one-legged duck flying from left to right yesterday. Clearly that means there will be flurries in Missoula on January 16 from 9:30 until 11:15.
 
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Would that be AM or PM?
 


 
If the duck was missing the left leg, it's AM. If it was missing the right leg, it's PM.
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Bump for Throwback Thursday with a link to the Farmer's Almanac predictions 

Woolly Bear Caterpillars Winter Weather Predictors

Because its that time of year...:D 

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Would that be AM or PM?


 

African or European?

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Horses are starting to grow Winter hair! Long not short thick hair, that's a warm/wet Winter.

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