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Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillars

09 Dec 2015

We came across many of these caterpillars feeding on Nettle and some other plants. I believe it was stinging nettle, however the plant it was feeding on was not the subject I was photographing.

These beautiful Caterpillars is what I was photographing. The Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar is supposed to be the red/orange band with black ends, these are black banded with red/orange ends. There sure is a lot of caterpillars on this planet! I must of looked through everything I could find about Oregon species, everything came up the Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar.

The folklore on predicting the weather was rather neat to read. The amount of black on a Woolly Bear Caterpillar can predict how bad of winter a place is going to have. Folklore is fun, but does one really want to believe? Some people are sensitive to these caterpillars, but rarely.As many of us know, they do not sting or bite.

The National Geographic (link is external) has a nice article on them. The article talks of research done on insects who exhibit self medicating behavior. Claiming sick caterpillars taste change to whatever food will cure their sickness. Or something rather, go check it out!

These are the photographs I got of these Woolly Bear Caterpillars. There was quite a few of these at the place we were at!

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