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Friday, August 27, 2010

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

The current Creative Tuesday theme is "hair".
Well, this little guy has hair! He's a Banded Woolly Bear
Caterpillar. And here's some fun facts about woolly bears that you
may not have heard....
  • Fable has it that they predict the length of the winter by the wideness of their stripes.
  • The wider the middle stripe, the milder the winter.
  • They do however, manufacture their own antifreeze, a cryoprotectant in its tissues.
  • They are the larvel stage of the Isabella Tiger Moth.
  • It is the most familiar woolly bear in North America.
  • The Official Woolly Bear Festival has been held in Vermilion, Ohio for 37 years.
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39 comments:

  1. intriguing facts...makes its own anti freeze....hmm...used to get lots of these on teh hill back home...

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  2. you are so talented...
    love this

    happy to see you, my friend

    kary
    xxx
    and blog friends are THE BEST !!!!
    :-)

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  3. It's true. It's true. That old saying that you learn something new every day. I just did.

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  4. Glad to help out there, Matty! ;)

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  5. Love the simplicity and vibrant colors.

    Wow, did I learn a lot about wooly bears today! Thanks for the interesting facts.

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  6. "The Official Woolly Bear Festival has been held in Vermilion, Ohio for 37 years."

    How on earth can those caterpillars afford the tickets?

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  7. Mr. Fox ~ they're the guests of honor! :)

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  8. Oh. I guess I'm just being silly tonight, huh?

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  9. So, can I winterize my car by putting 47 of them in its radiator?

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  10. why sure...just so you don't mind 47 moths in the spring! ;)

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  11. "yes, among other things?"

    Dare I ask, "Such as... ?"

    Nahhh, better not.

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  12. um..no..you can answer that one yourself!

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  13. Your wish is my command, doll.

    Well... usually.

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  14. Gee that is really interesting... anti-freeze... lots in nature to aid mankind!

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  15. Very cute drawing.;)
    I am back from my absence here and am trying to catch up.;) Love the new look here, hope you have been well.;)
    xoxo

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  16. he's so perfect on his nice green leaf. lots of interesting facts, there too!
    xxoo

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  17. I'm hoping for super wide middle stripes this winter!

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  18. I love these little creatures...why is it that I always see them on the road where they are DOOMED to be crushed by vehicles!?

    I do NOT like to hold them though...all those little legs! ACK!

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  19. I've always like these woolly little creatures, you have drawn a perfect likeness.
    You're such an all-rounder I smile at your posts ;)
    X

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  20. I am really liking your drawing! So fun! And I had I idea the name of those, let alone all those neat facts. Cool!

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  21. have you ever gone to that festival? And what would you do there? sit there and let caterpillars inch all over you? Odd that.

    Anyway, as it is, a VERy clever interpretation of "hair" and cute too. I love it. so, does this one say it will be a mild winter then? Hmm...I wonder waht one in CO would look like?

    thank you for doing this for yet another CT. Love it. It's so Betsy in its rendering.

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  22. Mmm ~ No, I've never been to that festival. Not sure where Vermilion is. And I don't know what they do there. The tomato, corn, and strawberry festivals all have food with the theme...SO..UGH..what do you think they REALLY do at the Woolly Bear Festival? haha...I don't want to know! haha.

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  23. Oh gosh, i jsut read the comments above. SF is so funny. LOL. Great exchange there. hee.

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  24. @Mmm: Why, thank you, sir!

    @Betsy: I hear they serve a terrific Woolly Bear Ice Cream, and the "Woolly Bear CaterPizza" can't be beat!

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  25. Mr. Fox ~ oh my. Well, I suppose that pizza wouldn't be too different from one with those hairy sardines, now would it?

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  26. Certain things are simply NOT meant to be combined. I've heard about lobster ice cream and garlic ice cream... and once -- since I love gourmet pizzas like Buffalo Chicken Pizza -- I tried a "Crab Rangoon Pizza." Bad mistake!

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  27. I would totally agree with you there! ugh. Although I love crab rangoons..served alone!

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  28. mm, oh yes, msut try a woolie bear sandwich, really must. lol. me thinks not. Wouldn't we have to call in the RSPCA there?

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  29. What a cute little caterpillar and a wonderful portrait. This is a new one to me...never have heard of the woolly bear.

    Thanks, too, for your very kind comment on my CT post.

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  30. how adorable, very creative for creative tuesday, I wouldn't have thought of it

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  31. your little caterpillar is just lovely....and such an interesting post and comments!!!! xx

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  32. What a plus piece of work. Great art and information too. Can't beat that.
    QMM

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  33. I love your take on the prompt 'hair'! I wish I would have paid more attention to the width of the bands this year. Winter will be what it will be.

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  34. wow Betsy, I never knew about this kind of caterpillar, very interesting and nice drawing too.

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  35. My Grandmother knew all of the old wives tales and superstitions. The black stripe is the "winter" stripe--the thicker the black stripe is, the harder the winter is. Longer, colder, more snow...that sorta thing.

    Of course, you have to know how big the stripes are normally for comparison...so you have to snag some every year and check their little fuzzy bodies to see the trend.

    Love the pic Betsy.

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