Do you believe in the folklore surrounding the predictions of winter?
Here we have the wooly bear caterpillar and larval stage of the isabella tiger moth. Supposedly a wide brown/rust section predicts a mild winter while a narrow band forewarns of a harsh one.
The amount of berries and nuts on trees in autumn determines a mild or harsh winter. Above are the oakleaf mountain ash and crabapple in our backyard. Both are just loaded this year compared to fall of 2012 when there were hardly any berries on the mountain ash.
I don't know whether the wooly bear sections can determine what type of winter we'll encounter, but I have watched the berries on trees for a number of years and Mother Nature is pretty accurate about providing extra food before a rough winter. I believe.
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