Woolly Bear

Photograph taken by on Saturday, October 05, 2013
Pyrrharctia isabella, the Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Pyrrharctia isabella, the Woolly Bear Caterpillar, Isabella Tiger Moth

This woolly bear caterpillar was speeding across my driveway this afternoon. I got out my bean bag and got down at his (or her) level to take some pictures. He (or she) was moving so fast that the first few pictures were blurred! Seriously. I touched him and he stopped and played dead for about a minute. I was able to get a few close pictures and then he took off again. The woolly bear is the larva of the Isabella Tiger Moth, Pyrrharctia isabella. According to folk lore, the wide brown strip on this little fellow indicates a mild winter ahead. Of course, what it actually means is that he inherited the trait for a wide brown stripe from his parents.

2 Responses to Woolly Bear

  1. Les Stocker

    Hi Henry
    Love your photographs
    To be a nuisance would you mind if I used Pyrrharctica iasabella in my book on all things hedgehog
    I would of course credit yourself
    Sorry to be a nuisance
    Best regards

  2. Henry

    I don’t see why not. Note the proper spelling is Pyrrharctia isabella. Not sure, exactly, how the Tiger Moth relates to hedgehogs, but I suppose it does have a slightly hedgehog-y look to it. I’ve moved you comment to the post with the picture in question, mostly for my own benefit.