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Old 09-12-2011, 10:41 PM
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I looked for the appropriate forum to post this and I think it is here
Anyway while tending the late gardens today I saw a totally black wooly bear caterpillar ( 3rd one this season ) they are usually black and orange as I remember and I haven't seen any of the black and orange this year. I remember hearing something about the all black being some kind of omen for tough times, or something like that. I seem to remember these bugs being about half orange years ago. Anyone ever hear of this tale?
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Always thought the less color on the bug, the more severe the coming winter will be.....
Or something like that.

If you are encountering large numbers of these bugs, maybe a fishing trip is something to consider...............

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Old 09-12-2011, 11:34 PM
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An all black wooly bear is NOT a good omen! Get in extra firewood!

http://www.almanac.com/content/predi...r-caterpillars
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Around here we call those "wooly worms" and our lil town even has a wooly worm festival the 3rd weekend in october. Yeh its a small town. Anyway from what my dad always said if the wooly worm was all black it meant a bad winter, if it had lots of orange color it means not so bad a winter. Not sure how much water that holds but there it is.


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Old 09-13-2011, 12:52 AM
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It's funny, I've heard them called wooly worms, but, originally being from Michigan, I've always called them wooly bears. Old habits die hard. People around here don't know what I'm talking about when I say wooly bears.
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Black means severity. All black means an awful winter. Sometimes they're black on both ends and brown in middle. That means bad at beginning, nice in the middle, bad at the end.

Brown ends and black middle means coming and going is OK but the middle of the winter will be bad. The more lite color, the better the winter.

I do not, however, find the color of fur worms to be any kind of indicator and nothing more than superstitious wives tales. I prefer to look at much more scientific explanations as a predictor of winter such as: Size of muskrat huts, tightness of the shuck on an ear of corn, thickness of hair on cattle and down on ducks and geese, proven scientific forecasters like that.
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I'm working for a deer processor this year and will count on the thickness of the deer's fat layer for a winter prediction although well before I start seeing many deer I'll be stocking up on firewood based on the black woolly bears.
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I'm not superstitious or anything,but a few things I have noticed,and it's only September.

1)The geese are flocking up in larger numbers already,it's a few weeks early yet.

2)The starlings are doing the same,they flock up into giant masses the closer it gets to winter,and I've already seen some huge flocks,again early.

3)Locally,the fruit bearing plants have given an abundance this year,they are saying a record growing year for apples.Those who did manage a decent garden,also had/have an abundance.

The squirrels already have winter coats,the coyote don't look nearly as raggedly as usual,and I've seen a large number of migratory birds(specifically hawks)that I don't normally see until October......

All these tell me to follow my gut feeling and make sure the pantry is well stocked,and to prepare for a long winter.
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My Malamute is still blowing her guard hairs BUT, she has already gotten in most of her winter coat.

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We had a black wooly worm in the cattle trough about a month ago, but tonight while picking green beans I found a yellowish one and my husband found a red one. So...
FWIW, the cows and calves are already getting their long winter coats and geese were on the lake up the road a couple of mornings ago...
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Default predictors/ harbengers

As I just "recycled" last years Farmers Almanac and noticed the general forecast for Texas was to be
"cool and wet"
It seems like the 'ole saying: pray for the best - prepare for the worst, will keep you safe, warm and well fed.
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