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Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Pyrrharctia isabella

Description:

Spotted on a bike/walking path in Colony Farm Regional Park, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. I had seen several casualties that had been crushed by bikes, which prompted me to pick this one up and deposit in the grassy shoulder.

Habitat:

Range is southern Canada, throughout the United States, and into Mexico. Adult Woollybear moths are active from late winter through late fall, are nocturnal and attracted to lights. Also called Isabella tiger moth. The woollybear caterpillar feeds on grasses.

Notes:

Legend has it that the caterpillar predicts how cold/mild a winter will be: a wide orange band means a mild winter: the more narrow, the colder.

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3 Comments

Hi Gerry! Would you like to join my new mission Moths and Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest and add your spottings to it? Thanks!
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/3073...

GerryBates
GerryBates 8 years ago

Thank you, Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

You are talking my language. Nice series!

GerryBates
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GerryBates

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Oct 6, 2012

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