Wooly Bear Caterpillar, Interpreting the Fall Landscape

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by

The following is a submission from a Gustavus student in Dr. Cindy Johnson’s “Interpreting the Fall Landscape” class held in the Arboretum.  Special thanks to Dr. Johnson and her students…..

“Look Out!”

by Sara Lundgren ’15

            As a cross-country runner I run across many creatures on the side of the road almost daily. Recently I have noticed a new creature that has been around in quite the abundance. That creature is the woolly bear caterpillar. They have been everywhere the last month. As the team runs along the road you will randomly hear, “LOOK OUT! Don’t squash the woolly bear.” They have become quite the popular creature on the team. The woolly bear is actually the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger Moth. You can’t miss them. They have black bands at each end and a band of reddish-brown in the middle. The best part about them is they appear to be extremely soft and fuzzy! Be sure you watch where you walk so you aren’t the suspect of squashing one of these wonderful insects.

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