The Wooly Bear Caterpillar is the larval form of the Isabella Tiger Moth. The larva goes through an overwintering process in which it freezes solid, only to emerge in the Spring to begin the transformation into a full-grown moth. Photos by Chuck Tague. (Oct. 2013)
((Does he predict the coming winter weather??)) ;-) the wooly bear caterpillar - freezes solid every winter - is pratically DEAD and comes back to life every spring - takes 14years to become a moth...AMAZING!
Banded Woolly Bear, or Isabella Tiger Moth, Pyrrharctia isabella by washingtonpost: A woolly bear has an antifreeze in its hemolymph, or circulatory fluid, so even after being frozen in solid ice, a caterpillar can thaw out and return to activity in the spring... #Insects #Wooly_Bear #Isabella_Tiger_Moth
Wooly Bear Caterpillar: These little guys are often seen hot-footing it across the road in rural areas of eastern North America. They belong to the family of tiger moths (Arctiidae), which has many attractive and far-flung members. Wooly bears are the larva of the Isabella tiger moth, Pyrrharctia isabella, and they feed on a number of common plants found in second-growth areas and roadsides. When you see them hustling across the road, they are looking for a good place to spend the winter…