We were at Elk Island National Park yesterday, and these wooly bear caterpillars were all over the place. Normally we see them with a yellow band in the middle, but these were all solid black. People like to think that the amount of yellow is a predictor of the severity of the coming winter, more yellow equaling a milder winter. So if that was true, we would be in serious trouble this year! However, it seems that it is more likely an indication of what the weather was like when they were eggs. Either way, these are fun caterpillars to hold since they’re so fuzzy and they curl up into a ball when you pick them up.
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