Out tidying up the gardens this past week. Not sure when Mother Nature will pull the plug on this unseasonal warmth. Even though I’m late, I’m getting the beds cleaned up. I do try to keep up with the Fall list of garden things to do, and I have to give myself a pat on the back this year!
I overturned a random brick next to the fence, and woke these guys from a nap!
Haven’t seen one of these for so long. Took me back to the days when a little girl used to follow me just about everywhere. She loved to pick up worms (they soon became her friends) when I was out turning the soil over. She was also fascinated with locust shells, collecting as many as she could find from the base of the crabapple tree. Not sure why they are so drawn to that tree, but there are so many shells there, and she just loved collecting them.
She also loved finding fuzzy wuzzy caterpillars. I’m not sure how true it is, but I’ve heard these guys can predict the weather. Probably about as good as the local weather forecasters, but I won’t tell them that!
According to The Farmer’s Almanac this is the legend: The Woolly Bear caterpillar has 13 distinct segments of either rusty brown or black. The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.
They will freeze over the winter months, then in spring will evolve into the Isabella tiger moth, shown in the center photo above.
It looks like these guys have more brown than black, so I’m hopeful for a mild winter!