What's your wooly caterpillar forecast?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ChooksChick, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I've always heard this one, and while I'm not sure how to read them, I would love to know what parts of the country are seeing different things. I know last year ours has 3 bands of red, and I'm not sure whether they were wide or narrow, since I have no basis for comparison.
  2. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    The way it works is you look at a wooly bear, and see how big the stripe is. A narrow band predicts a harsh winter, while a wider band predicts a mild one.

    Mine are playing mind games with me. [​IMG] I found one with no stripe at all, and one that was all orange/brown!
  3. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    and what dire thing does it mean when you can't find any wooly caterpillars at all??? Every year we see at least a few, this year, nothing.
  4. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I haven't seen any, either.
  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    All the ones hear are solid black, I haven't seen any w/orange or red in them since spring.
  6. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    We're DOOMED! Better all run over to Self S. and figure out how to survive the winterpocalypse!
  7. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Missouri is doomed this winter

    I see them everywhere VERRY WOOLY and SOLID BLACK maybe a bit of brown.

    Also the persimmons have 2 SPOONS in them.

    and we had a TON of FOG in August.

    and the squirrels were busy gathering their nuts in EARLY OCTOBER

    and the rabbits have an extra coat already.

    I am stocking up.
  8. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Quote:I noticed the squirrels, too. [​IMG] Got me worried. But I'm sure glad I'm not in the northeast! [​IMG]
  9. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    Wooly bears confuse me. [​IMG] I have heard both ways: more brown than black, harsh winter; more black than brown, harsh winter. So, I have seen regular wooly bears, brown wooly bears, black wooly bears, wooly bears with the minimum of black on the ends, and wooly bears with the minimum of brown in the middle. I guess our forecast is mixed? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  10. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Quote:We had a ton of fog, TON of squirrels, I havent seen any wooly caterpillers or permissons.

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